The First U.S. Monorail Wasn't at Disneyland
"The future arrived in a bright flash of silver.
Sunlight glinted on steel and aluminum as Summit Beach Park unveiled its shiny new attraction in August 1957.
A sleek monorail train glided 9 feet off the ground on a 3/4-mile track along the eastern edge of Summit Lake.
''This isn't a thrill ride,'' Summit Beach Manager Ed Palmer told the Beacon Journal. ''It's something new, something different - a ride of the future.''
The 25-cent excursion was a first and a last. It was the first commercial monorail to operate in the United States. It was also the last ride built at the Akron park."
"The monorail system featured 11-foot aluminum cars with tubular steel frames, Plexiglas roofs and foam-rubber seats. The cab, which pulled four passenger cars, had a 4-cylinder, gas-powered engine, a Ford automatic transmission and hydraulic brakes. A framework of steel beams supported the track."