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When the Music Died

The History of the Indian Lake Amusement Park

 
 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 5, 2017
1. When the Music Died Marker
Inscription. George B. Quatman acquired the west side of the Sandy Beach Park in 1957, and the east side in 1962. At that time the park was renamed the “San Juan Amusement Park” and became alcohol free. However, all along the harbor were bars and restaurants which were especially busy on weekends and holidays. On the evening of July 4, 1961, revelers wanted to continue partying when the bars attempted to close resulting in the first of several annual riots. Fights, destruction of property, and general rowdy crowd behavior became commonplace on the July 4th holiday weekends. For almost a decade, the park and the Russells Point community struggled with this reputation caused by outside troublemakers. The entire area saw a decline in attendance and investment.

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

When the Music Died Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 5, 2017
2. When the Music Died Marker
full view of marker
Indian Lake Playland eventually faded into the sunset with the Midway, including the Fascination and Skee-ball games, being the last attraction to close at the end of the 1975 season. By then, only the Carousel had found a new life and home at Six Flags Amusement Park. The Thriller coaster, the Tilt-A-Whirl, Paratrooper, Orbit, Love Bug and the other rides sat idle as weeds took over and vines entangled them.

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.
 
Erected 2017.
 
Location.

When the Music Died Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 5, 2017
3. When the Music Died Marker
this is the first of six markers on the west side of the harbor/bridge
40° 28.368′ N, 83° 53.735′ W. Marker is in Russells Point, Ohio, in Logan County. Marker is on West Main Street (Ohio Route 366), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Easily accessible from the Rite Aid parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 West Main St., Russells Point OH 43348, United States of America.
 
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.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsEntertainment
 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 5, 2017
4. When the Music Died Marker
detail of picture on marker. This was the old "Dodgem Cars". I remember riding these as a kid.
When the Music Died Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 5, 2017
5. When the Music Died Marker
detail of the picture on the marker- the bridge
 
 
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 63 times since then. 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.
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