Buckeye Lake in Licking County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Buckeye Lake Park
“The Playground of Ohio”
Using a four-mile long dam, the state of Ohio impounded the Licking Summit Reservoir in the mid-1820s to supply water for the Ohio and Erie Canal. In 1894, the state renamed it Buckeye Lake and developed it for recreational use. The Columbus, Buckeye Lake, and Newark Traction Company developed an “electric park” here, bringing in excursionists on interurban cars between 1904 and 1929 and creating one of the region's most popular resorts. Hotels and summer cottages proliferated on leased ground. Nine acres in size, the park featured daily free admission during the summer.
Promoted as offering “every amusement consistent with good morals and behavior,” Buckeye Lake Park featured the “Dips” roller coaster, a 100-by-200-foot swimming pool, a roller skating rink, and dozens of other attractions. During the park's heyday in the 1940s, many big bands-including those of Guy Lombardo, Glenn Miller, and Tommy Dorsey with his singer Frank Sinatra-played at the Crystal Ballroom and Lake Breeze Pier Ballroom. The park declined in the 1960s and was subsequently acquired by the state. The adjacent fountain is the last remaining feature of Buckeye Lake Park.
Erected 2001 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission,
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 55.96′ N, 82° 28.703′ W. Marker is in Buckeye Lake, Ohio, in Licking County. Touch for map. Marker is in the parking lot of Buckeye Lake State Park, next to the fountain. The park entrance is off Walnut Road (Ohio Route 79). Marker is in this post office area: Buckeye Lake OH 43008, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Buckeye Lake Amusement Park (here, next to this marker); Buckeye Lake (approx. 0.7 miles away); Hebron Veterans Memorial (approx. 2 miles away); Hebron Mill (approx. 2.1 miles away); Hebron Milling Company (approx. 2.1 miles away); Hebron (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named Hebron (approx. 2.3 miles away); Millersport World War II Memorial (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buckeye Lake.
Categories. • 20th Century • Entertainment • Notable Persons • Notable Places • Railroads & Streetcars • Waterways & Vessels •
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