Chippewa Lake property goes on sale in Ohio

Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2015 9:56 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The abandoned amusement park at Chippewa Lake and about 95 acres of land surrounding it are being offered for sale for $3.75 million. The park operated until 1978, and some remnants of the rides remain.

Read more from The Medina Gazette.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015 2:50 PM

Hopefully someone can salvage that old Tumblebug that is in the photos. There are only a few of those around.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015 3:00 PM

I doubt it. It's all rust at this point. I did think that it would be neat to do some kind of boutique retail and somehow preserve the Ferris wheel frame, put some lights on it and such.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015 5:13 PM

Most of all the mechanicals and train cars(minus the bodies) are in use or in storage at Conneaut lake park. When nI was there last year it was running on 3 Chippewa motors.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015 5:25 PM

I'm sure this information is out there somewhere, but in the meantime I wonder just how many Traver/Chambers Bug rides still operate? Could Conneaut and Kennywood have the last ones? I'm pretty sure Blackpool removed theirs.

Last edited by RCMAC, Tuesday, October 13, 2015 5:42 PM
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015 6:23 PM

The Blackpool ride was ripped out in 2006. The location on the park has remained empty but it does have a bunch of turtles on it as a shrine, as it were.

I believe those are the only two^

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015 6:52 PM

Why on earth? I realize things don't last forever, and I guess maintenance and repairs, if parts aren't available or need to be machined, might finally do a ride in.

I really like(d) the look of Blackpool's ride, though. The turf brought up to track level all around the ride is unusual and kind of awesome. At least if anyone left their seat they wouldn't have far to roll...

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015 5:37 AM

We've also lost the Monorail, Noah's Ark, Tagada, Astro Swirl, Water Chute, The Whip (adult and junior), Cableway.

"Oh the humanity" etc. They had to cut some serious costs and those rides were cut in favour of keeping the five wooden coasters, I guess. Something we've talked about before, for sure - but you end up with a park that resembles a museum that enthusiasts love, but the public just think is tired.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015 10:03 AM

I guess it all depends on how you market it. Kennywood maintains quite a few of these older rides plus 3 wooden roller coasters. Most of these are popular with everyone, not just enthusiasts.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015 11:50 AM

Indeed, certainly an element of that. Also, Kennywood doesn't have the problem that it sits 50ft from the Irish sea that rusts and rots everything on the park.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015 1:06 PM

Was there a junior version of this ride? The Tumble Bug pics I found online look like a super sized Flying Turtles at SeaBreeze Park.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015 2:02 PM

Yes, R.E. Chambers (who acquired the assets of Traver) built a kiddie version of the Bug ride. It was standard in most parks in PA, and OH for years. There are still a number of these being used today.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015 11:27 PM

Kings Island had one that I believe came from Coney. It was re-themed to a character of some sort. I'll have to check to see if it's still there.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015 12:57 AM

Kennywood still has a Chambers Bug ride in their Kiddieland

Last edited by Dutchman, Thursday, October 15, 2015 12:59 AM
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Thursday, October 15, 2015 9:53 AM

Conneaut Lake also has a kiddie turtle ride still operating.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015 1:12 PM

As does Idlewild.

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