Gone. Not forgotten.

From 1996 until 2010 you could get a real “Kitchen Sink Sundae” at America’s Ice Cream and Dairy Museum at Elm Farm in Medina. The sundae, containing dozens of dips of ice cream was served in a real stainless steel kitchen sink. Sadly, for ice cream lovers, the museum and ice cream parlor closed in 2010, a victim of the slow economy. Only the memory of the ice cream lives on.

red witch full side sun

The 77 foot long Red Witch was Ohio’s only tall ship until 2004 when she sailed away from Port Clinton to her new home on Lake Michigan in Chicago. Today she still carries tourists to view the skyline of the windy city. But back in the 1990’s she was Ohio’s tall ship and many folks got to take an unforgettable cruise on Lake Erie.

Crystal Beach Dance Hall ds
Crystal Gardens Dance Hall at Crystal Beach Amusement Park, Vermilion. The lakefront amusement park entertained generations until it closed in the late 1962 and the buildings were auctioned off. The dance hall was the last building to be demolished after a police organization held a final dance in the mid 1960’s.

Mystery Hill on the Marblehead Peninsula. The fiberglass dinosaurs and the shack where the water flowed uphill brought in thousands of tourists each year

Roller Coaster at Chippewa

Chippewa Lake Amusement Park in Medina County. All the big bands played here in the 1930’s 40’s and 50’s. It was a favorite place for me in my young years.

amish train

The Buckeye Central Steam Railroad in Sugar Creek. They say up to a million people came to Sugar Creek to ride the steam drawn train across the Amish countryside. The railroad still exists today as a freight hauler, but the steam passenger trains are just a memory

west at tivoli world

Tivoli Miniature World at Niagara Falls, Canada. It was a chance to see the wonders of the world in miniature. The attraction moved several times and to our knowledge was finally broken up and sold

TV8 Tana Carli promo shamu 2

Former Fox 8 TV Anchor, Tana Carli, hugging Shamu the Whale at SeaWorld in Aurora, Ohio. The Park which opened in 1970 was only the second SeaWorld at the time, the other being in San Diego. The Aurora SeaWorld was sold in 2001 and closed for good in 2004.

10 thoughts on “Gone. Not forgotten.”

  1. Neil: Hi my friend. Your blog and the photos are absolutely delightful. It brings back so many memories from when I lived in Ohio, up until 1974 when I moved to crispy critter Arizona and later to beautiful and bountiful Northern California where we now reside in the breathtaking Sierra Mountains. One of my favorite places during the autumn in Ohio is the Hocking Hills where the deciduous woods are ablaze in red, orange, gold and yellow foliage. I love the Emerald Necklace of Cleveland, and the woods that were behind my former home on Bradley Road in Westlake. Your wife Bonnie and I often traveled the few miles back and forth from my home to her’s in Bay Village to study for exams while we were in nursing school together at LCCC. I get homesick from time to time and your blog and books are an amazing “fix” for those moments. It has been a pleasure knowing you for 40 some years and I hope that you have another 40 to entertain and inform us all with your wonderful stories of Ohio.

  2. During my misspent youth, summer always meant hitch hiking to Put In Bay. Remember hitch hiking? Most often we jumped on the ferry, where anticipation ran wild. But a few times we had the loot to fly the Tin Goose. If we knew we were part of history, maybe we would have been better behaved. Put in Bay was crowded, it seemed, but never jammed. Always seats at the bar in Frosty’s. One night me and pal (who is today a highly regarded child psychologist) shared one last bottle of Lonz’s and passed out in the park. We were tossed in the hoosegow. Know that the police car was? A Rambler. The cop told both of us to get in. Already in the back seat was a guy from St. Ed’s I had not seen in a few years. We each got our own cell. If they would have patted down the St. Ed’s guy they would have found a nickel bag and papers in his hip pocket. We were treated more like misbehaving nephews at a family picnic. The next morning we were trooped off to mayor’s court. I think my fine was eleven bucks. Haven’t been to the Bay since then and have no plans to go. All the fun we could have there we had. And, boy, do we enjoy the stories.

    1. I recently sold my Geo Convertible and I am sure I will miss it once summer comes. As I pointed out in earlier posts I still own the 59 Nash Metropolitan and it is on display at the Canton Classic Car Museum.

      I hope you have a lot of fun with your Geo!

  3. Boy! do I remember when the family would pack up on labor day and head for Cleveland to catch the Steam train to Chippewa Lake for the annual labor day celebration. The best thing was the roller coaster and of course the Dodgem cars

  4. Just wanted to let you know your books are my Holy Grail of Ohio motorcycle rides. I don’t leave the house without consulting one of them. Thank you for laying the ground work for really cool places to go close to home.

  5. I worked at mohican forest you came and did a story on cutting trees and processing them at the post plant peeling and treating do you have any of that old footage I would like to see some of the old crew i worked with again as i remember them in the 70’s

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