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Minerva Park in Franklin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Minerva Amusement Park / The Green Line

 
 
Minerva Amusement Park Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 14, 2008
1. Minerva Amusement Park Marker (Side A)
Inscription. Side A:
Minerva Amusement Park
7-13-1895 to 7-27-1902
For seven glorious summers, from July 13, 1895 to July 27, 1902, laughter and gaiety rang forth from the first amusement park in Franklin County. With intoxicants banned, the Park was enjoyed by the “respectable” folk of the Gay '90s - the stone water tower/jail was quick to house any ruffian who threatened disharmony. Delighting young and old were the Zoological Garden, Ornithological Museum, the Scenic Railway roller coaster, Shoot the Chutes (the water slide of its day), swimming, boating, baseball, bowling, concerts, dancing, picnics, strolls in the cool woodlands, pony rides, fireworks, the orchestration replicating a 36-piece orchestra, grande vaudeville, and theater. Minerva Park's popularity faded with the opening of Olentangy Park, only 3 miles from downtown Columbus.

Side B:
The Green Line
At an August 1891 public meeting, Westerville citizens voiced indignation at the failure of the Cleveland, Akron & Columbus Railway Co. to provide transportation for 400 passengers who had purchased tickets to the State Fair. The regular train had failed to stop, stranding the passengers for hours. Garry Waldo Meeker (1859-1917) suggested that an electric railway between Columbus and Westerville would be an indispensable public
The Green Line Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 14, 2008
2. The Green Line Marker (Side B)
convenience. Four years later, he piloted the first electric car of the new Columbus Central Railway Co. from Broad & High into Westerville. To encourage ridership, Meeker conceived of a recreation park along the route, located on the 227-acre farmland that he had purchased in July 1892. Accommodating up to 25,000 visitors daily, the Park was named in honor of Minerva Shipherd, wife of John S. Shipherd (Cleveland), the first president of the new Railway Co. - not after the Roman goddess, as folklore suggests.
 
Erected 2003 by Minerva Park Community Association, Village of Minerva Park, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 85-25.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 40° 4.629′ N, 82° 56.429′ W. Marker is in Minerva Park, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker is on Minerva Lake Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is near eastern edge of Minerva Lake, just west of Minerva Lake Golf Club, 2955 Minerva Lake Road. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus OH 43231, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pioneer Cemetery Armed Forces Memorial (approx.
Detail from Minerva Amusement Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 14, 2008
3. Detail from Minerva Amusement Park Marker
2.1 miles away); Blendon Presbyterian Church (approx. 2.2 miles away); Edward Phelps (approx. 2.3 miles away); First Blendon Presbyterian Church (approx. 2.3 miles away); Blendon Central Cemetery (approx. 2.3 miles away); Blendon Township War Memorial (approx. 2.3 miles away); The Ohio to Erie Trail (approx. 2.7 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 3 miles away).
 
Categories. EntertainmentMan-Made FeaturesNotable PlacesRailroads & Streetcars
 
Detail from The Green Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 14, 2008
4. Detail from The Green Line Marker
Minerva Amusement Park / The Green Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 14, 2008
5. Minerva Amusement Park / The Green Line Marker
Looking southwest toward Minerva Lake.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,155 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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