Water. Traffic. Airplanes. Boats. Swimming. Frame buildings. Alcohol.
The potential for death and disaster has been present at the resort town since it opened on the lakeshore in 1869.
And there have been disasters: fires, crashes, drownings and a riot.
Pages are devoted to the individual disasters:
June 28, 1945: Drowning.
July 7, 1945: Two Geneva girls drown.
June 29, 1951: Twin-engine plane crashes into Lake Erie.
July 11, 1952: Fire destroys Arcade.
July 19, 1958: Parachutist jumps into lake, drowns.
July 25, 1958: Drowning at Korabeck’s Beach.
Nov. 21, 1961: Palmetto Beach drowning (2-year-old).
July 4, 1964: Riot.
November 1979: Second arcade fire at Pera’s.