The Remnants of this Abandoned Theme Park in Indiana are Hauntingly Beautiful

Have you ever heard of the abandoned Rose Island in Charlestown? Considering this popular Hoosier theme park closed in 1937, it’s not surprising that many residents of Indiana have never heard of this park, nor been to see the splendor of its ruins.

Rose Island was a thriving amusement park built on a peninsula in Charlestown, called The Devil’s Backbone. It was purchased by David Rose in the early 1920s and turned into an amusement park, hotel, and large public swimming pool.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

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