Silver Lake in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Silver Lake / Silver Lake Amusement Park
Side A: Silver Lake
Silver Lake was previously known as Wetmore's Pond, named for Judge William Wetmore, an agent for the Connecticut Land Company. In 1808, Wetmore built a cabin overlooking the spring-fed lake, which was then a part of Portage County. Local lore records his friendship and conscientious dealings with the Native Americans, likely Seneca, who inhabited a populous village between the lake and the Cuyahoga River. The tribe left the area to join the British during the War of 1812, but later sided with the United States.
Side B: Silver Lake Amusement Park
Cleveland businessman Ralph H. Lodge opened Silver Lake Amusement Park on this site in 1875. A popular regional resort easily accessible by rail, Silver Lake featured boating, swimming, and a large pavilion with a 15,000 square-foot dance floor. Other attractions included a freshwater aquarium, an airfield, and a "Chautauqua park" that featured prominent speakers. The Lodges successfully bred and raised black bears, a rare feat documented by the Smithsonian Institution in 1903. The Lodge family sold the park after World War I curtailed train visits. The Village of Silver Lake incorporated on its site in 1918.
Erected 2001 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Silver Lake Historical
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 9.146′ N, 81° 27.579′ W. Marker is in Silver Lake, Ohio, in Summit County. Marker is at the intersection of Silver Lake Boulevard and Lee Road / Hastings Road, on the left when traveling north on Silver Lake Boulevard. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2896 Silver Lake Boulevard, Stow OH 44224, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Congregational Church (approx. 3.6 miles away); Tallmadge Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.7 miles away); Tallmadge Circle (Public Square) (approx. 3.7 miles away); Old Town Hall and Academy (approx. 3.7 miles away); Portage Path North Terminus (approx. 4.8 miles away); The Old Portage Path (approx. 4.8 miles away); The Portage Path Connected Lake Erie with the Ohio River (approx. 4.8 miles away); 1797 Portage Path Survey (approx. 4.8 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. A Brief History of Silver Lake. (Submitted on June 14, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Silver Lake Amusement Park. (Submitted on June 14, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Entertainment • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
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