George Arthur Boeckling

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George Arthur Boeckling
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George Arthur Boeckling
Born
George Arthur Boeckling

1862
DiedJuly 24, 1931
NationalityGerman
OccupationGeneral manager of Cedar Point Pleasure Company, Salesman, Real estate agent
Known forGeneral manager of Cedar Point Pleasure Company
SuccessorRobert L. Munger Jr.

George Arthur Boeckling (February 2, 1862 – July 24, 1931) was a German businessman who served as the president of Cedar Point Pleasure Company, which later became Cedar Fair Entertainment Company. He is often credited for bringing Cedar Point out of the hole at the turn of the 20th century and making it a nationally recognized amusement park and resort destination.[1]

G.A. Boeckling was born to German immigrants in Indiana in 1862. In 1897, he became general manager of the newly formed Cedar Point Pleasure Resort Company. Under Boeckling’s leadership, Cedar Point was transformed from a summer picnic area to a thriving amusement park with wide appeal.

In 1908, the steamer G.A. Boeckling began providing local transportation between the city of Sandusky and Cedar Point. Thousands of visitors also arrived at Cedar Point on the Pennsylvania Railroad and Lake Shore Electric Railway.

Boeckling Building by the pier

An administration building was constructed by the pier in 1928. Known as the Boeckler Building, it features arches, a cupola, and other ornamental features.[2]

G.A. Boeckling was very public-spirited, a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Elks Lodge, Aerie of Eagles, and was charitable to local churches, veterans organizations, and youth clubs of Sandusky. In 1922 the Sandusky Register called him "the man who made Cedar Point."[3]

Boeckling's house in Sandusky

George A. Boeckling died from Uremia on July 24, 1931, and is buried at Oakland Cemetery.[3]

The G.A. Boeckling steamship, Boeckling Home, and Boeckling Building are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Cedar Point & Lake Erie Railroad had a locomotive named the G.A. Boeckling built in July 1927 b. Davenport Locomotive Works.

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  1. ^ "Cedar Point History: 1870 – 1904". The Point Online. Archived from the original on May 11, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
  2. ^ "G.A. Boeckling Building and Cedar Point Pier - Historic Tours & Markers - Erie County Historical Society". www.eriecountyohiohistory.com.
  3. ^ a b "G. A. Boeckling". June 25, 2007. Retrieved July 1, 2012.

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