Geneva in Ashtabula County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Popcorn Ball
Owner William O'Neil sold popcorn, soda, candy and other snacks from this orb, which "old-timers” recall as being made from stucco on a wood frame. No one recalls when the ball disappeared or what became of it.
The precedent for selling popcorn and peanuts to vacationers was set decades earlier. In 1914 John Michel moved a portable house from a timber lot in Lake Co. to the entrance of Buckeye Beach. Charles Myers, the village constable, leased the building and sold popcorn, peanuts and refreshments there (photo of Buckeye Beach at right).
Erected by Ashtabula County Civic Development Corporation, Geneva-on-the-Lake, Sponsored by Adventure Zone Family Fun Center.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1914.
Location. 41° 51.591′ N, 80° 57.326′ W. Marker is in Geneva, Ohio Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5540 Lake Rd E, Geneva OH 44041, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Shady Beach (a few steps from this marker); Gas Stations (within shouting distance of this marker); Pergola Gardens (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pera's Kiddieland (about 700 feet away); The New Inn (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pier Ballroom (approx. 0.2 miles away); Miniature Golf (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ransom E. Olds-Birthplace (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Geneva.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2023. It was originally submitted on June 21, 2021, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 146 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 21, 2021, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.