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Nature Is Reclaiming This One Abandoned Spot In Ohio And It’s Actually Amazing

Tucked away in Medina County there’s a rusted, long forgotten ferris wheel.

What what was once Chippewa Lake Park is now just a few piles of amusement park ruins and the lone ferris wheel. From 1878 to 1978, the amusement park was a popular, thriving destination for family entrainment. Today, what remains continues to attract Ohio explorers near and far.

When it was in operation, this ferris wheel was the fastest in Ohio and, at one point, the fastest in America.

The Tumblebug ride (pictured below) is one of only five known to exist in the world. Only three are still in operation today.

Pictured below is the Big Dipper roller coaster, which was built in 1924. The picture was taken in 2010, but today this coaster no longer stands.

If you think this abandoned amusement park would have been the perfect location for a horror film, you’re exactly right. In 2008, a cast and crew from Los Angeles filmed “Closed for the Season.” The video below features more detail about the film, as well as “then and now” pictures and video footage of the park.

Today, the nearby Medina County Historical Society houses the former amusement park’s welcome sign, and although the Big Dipper is no longer standing, various remnants of the park’s rides still remain. Check out the video below to see what OhioTravelerDOTcom knows about Ohio’s long forgotten amusement park.

What do you think of this fascinating spot? Have you personally ever explored this abandoned amusement park?

April Dray
Ohio staff writer for Only in Your State, freelance journalist and blogger. Written word is my zeal. I love my cat and she tolerates me.