When the Music Died
The History of the Indian Lake Amusement Park
In 1967, the park was sold to Venice Amusements and renamed “”Indian Lake Playland.” The “Danceland” ballroom became the “Black Pearl” and Rock and Roll music came to town.Big name bands graced the stage including Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and Herman’s Hermits. By 1972, the violence had subsided and the community’s reputation turned a corner; but the park would face more challenges. Competition developed from newer and bigger parks around the state. Family travel continued to get easier causing attendance to further decline. The
Through the late 70’s the property became derelict and a general eyesore until it was sold to a local businessman, William “Bill” Reed. When the sale and redevelopment was announced in 1981, the Dodgem cars, signs of all kinds, the old fire extinguishers and most everything not welded in place became collector’s items and were carried or dragged away. The wood and steel structures all came down and disappeared by the end of summer 1981. Eventually the area became the home of Harborside and Harborside Lagoon condominiums as well as new retail and food establishments. Today the arched bridge over the Russells Point Harbor is all that remains of the amusement park. While the songs of the Carousel and the clickety-clack of the coaster are only fond memories, the Bridge continues to serve as a link from the past to the future. It will do so for many generations to come.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Villages (a few steps from this marker); Sandy Beach Amusement Park (a few steps from this marker); Islands and Beaches (within shouting distance of this marker); 1913 Flood (within shouting distance of this marker); Our Lady of Fatima (within shouting distance of this marker); Native Americans (within shouting distance of this marker); Miami- Erie Canal / Lewistown Reservoir (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Interurban Transportation (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Russells Point.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2017, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 134 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 7, 2017, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.