Buckeye Lake amusement park was once destination of choice

Posted Monday, June 16, 2008 10:10 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Without the abundance of entertainment possibilities available today, people in the early 1900s occupied themselves with activities close to home. With the advent of the interurban, the possibility of traveling to destinations that offered water fun, boating and other recreational activities was born. Buckeye Lake proved to be the destination of choice in central Ohio starting in 1903, when the bus lines started traveling every half-hour from Lancaster and Newark. The first hotels at the lake were built in 1902, and by 1931 an amusement park was started when "The Dips" roller coaster was built. Not only was the park a tourist attraction, but it also was a major source of income for local residents.

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