Defunct Chippewa Lake's historic ballroom goes up in flames

Posted Friday, June 14, 2002 4:38 AM | Contributed by RollerCoasterGod

Late Thursday evening several area fire departements fought "flames taller than the tallest tree" when Chippewa Lake's hisotric ballroom went up in flames. The fire fighters arrived to an out of control blaze and managed to stop what they call a "suspicious" blaze from spreading to area houses. The hall once hosted shows from Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Guy Lombardo, Lawrence Welk, the Dorsey brothers, the Kinks and the Animals.

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Saturday, June 15, 2002 6:43 AM
As for restoring the park:

It's next to impossible...but possible. Everyoen is right that the coaster is pretty much rotten. All the wood is basically sponge on the thing.

As for the land. There is a VERY good reason they still own things around there. Are there some middle income to low income folks around there? Yes. But they won't be if some people have their way down there. This land is PRIME acrerage. I don't mean just the park land itself or only the park land. There is about 8 BIG investors that want a lot of land in Lodi and Chippewa Lake. 3 are Housing development type companies and the others are a diffrent "breed." There are reasons people are not selling at this time for one way or another.

As for "Hick area" that's what they said about the Swamp land in Florida when Walt Disney had a dream ;)

"The Future of Roller Coasters" coming.

Saturday, June 15, 2002 8:00 AM
RCG, didn't you post something on RRC about investors willing to spend 400 million on Chippewa? What's the story on that? (email me if you don't want to say but it's something I've been meaning to ask you)

Off with the trims!
My fellow Americans; Let's Roll!

Saturday, June 15, 2002 4:35 PM
How many acres is Chippewa Lake?
Saturday, June 15, 2002 5:57 PM

Zar, did you get my email?

Over 100. I see numbers ranging from 150-350. It was a big resort town.

Off with the trims!
My fellow Americans; Let's Roll!

Sunday, June 16, 2002 6:12 PM

Yes, I did get it, and am going to respond to it now. I've been busy lately with papers, poems, and work, which have prevented me from replying to any emails.

Thanks, though.

Is there anything salvageable from the park? Would it be difficult to rebuild the coaster from scratch, but with the same design?


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