Russells Point in Logan County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Sandy Beach Amusement Park
Nicknamed “Ohio's Million Dollar Playground” or “Atlantic City of the Midwest,” Sandy Beach Amusement Park opened here on May 29, 1924. The park at Indian Lake featured a 2,000-foot long roller coaster and other popular rides, a boardwalk, and the Minnewawa Dance Hall. The Minnewawa and its succeeding dance pavilions hosted the greatest names of the Big Band era, and thousands of people came from all over Ohio to listen and dance to these popular entertainers. Societal turmoil and rioting in the 1960s affected the popularity of the park. Diminishing crowds, plus competition from larger theme parks such as Cedar Point and Kings Island, led to the park closing in the early 1970s. The lone remnant of the park is the steel arch bridge that spans the harbor.
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Logan County Historical Society, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 3-46.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 40° 28.356′ N, 83° 53.734′ W. Marker is in Russells Point, Ohio, in Logan County. Marker is on Main Street (Ohio Route 366) near Touch for map. Marker is 75 feet east of US Route 33. Marker is in this post office area: Russells Point OH 43348, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Our Lady of Fatima Statue Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Indian Lake Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Mary of the Woods Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lakeview Amvets Memorial #2 (approx. 1.7 miles away); Lakeview Amvets Memorial #1 (approx. 1.7 miles away); Lakeview War Memorial #3 (approx. 1.8 miles away); Seneca Council House / Indian Reservation (approx. 2.8 miles away); Bickham Bridge - 1877 (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Russells Point.
1. Numbering mistake
This marker is numbered wrong. It should be 8- 46.
#3- 46 is "West Liberty"
— Submitted March 9, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio.
Categories. • 20th Century • Entertainment • Man-Made Features • Notable Places •
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