Now the park remains empty of rides, and filled with dirt and an occasional condo or two. The main gate still stands amongst this wreckage and ruin and redevelopment.
If you know of any places I can find "operational" pictures of this park, please let Ol' John know.
Thanks, and I love you all.
I'll have to do some digging at my parents place next time I'm over there, but I'm almost positive we have a few Shady Lake pics. I really miss that little park. It was a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon without spending an arm and a leg.
Complete adult ride list from what I can remember: Eli Scrambler, Eli Ferris Wheel, Sellner Tilt-A-Whirl, Schiff Wild Mouse, Hrubetz/Dartron non-hydraulic Paratrooper (trailer model), a Bisch-Rocco Flying Scooter, a "Coffee Break" tea cup ride, a Dodgem with the old Lusse cars (I think... they were extremely heavy), an Arrow Turnpike, a miniature railway, and one of those huge arena Rotor rides. There were also several kiddie rides, a mini-golf course, a food building that sold the Humphrey popcorn balls, candy kisses and frozen whip, and the ever-awesome game room. This room was FILLED with old games and was an absolute blast to spend a few bucks in. The rides moved to Old Indiana... so are they just sitting in pieces now? That would be a real shame.
ray p. (who remembers a distinct lack of shade at Shady Lake)
Sadly, when I remembered that I had been there a few times as a child (and indeed had my first coaster ride ever there), I found zero photos with my parents. What a disappointment. I'd like to make the memories a little less fuzzy with yellow faded images!
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That's my problem, Jeff. The few pics I know I have are of the Scrambler, a rather fuzzy pic of the inside of the Rotor (I was fascinated by that ride for some reason), and my father and I on the Coffee Break. I guess when you're 12 years old and have a "disc" camera (remember those?), picture taking isn't something I took too seriously back then!
They had the "Sleepy Hollow" Train from EB. It went through the back woods. That is "THE" ride that came off the track at Old Indiana killing a Grandma and paralyzing her grand daughter.
The Eli Ferris Wheel went to Americana (now dismantled by the Pughs) after the Old Indiana rides were sold. I have no I dea where the other EB/SL rides are. I really would like to know were those Scooters are now. (Bicsh-Rocco Park Model)
I barely remember my trip to Shady Lake, just the carousel.
Does anyone have the dates of opening and closing?
I think it closed around 88 or so. I remember going in 84.
That's all I can remember.
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Now, most of these rides were sold to Old Indiana. I wonder if the Mouse went with it.
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