The Screechin' Eagle wooden roller coaster, one of the most popular attractions at the former LeSourdsville Lake/Americana amusement park in Middletown, Ohio, was demolished last week. Screechin' Eagle last operated in 2002.
Park owner Jerry Couch, who runs the RV dealership at the park site, said Friday he had safety concerns about the coaster remaining standing. He said he was unable to prevent people from breaking into the park and was concerned something terrible might happen to someone who did.
According to William Robinson, the former vice president of operations and marketing for Americana, parts of the track and the cars will be donated to the National Roller Coaster Museum and Archives, based in Texas. For several years, Robinson had looked for a way to preserve the roller coaster and had hoped to move it Lake Winnepesaukah, in Georgia.
Screechin' Eagle was originally built by John Miller for a park in Zanesville, Ohio. The coaster, then called the Cyclone, moved to LeSourdsville in 1940. The coaster was later called the Space Rocket, then the Screechin' Eagle and was well-regarded by coaster fans.