What's Left Of This Abandoned Amusement Park In Ohio Is Downright Creepy
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 of this abandoned amusement park in Ohio continues to capture the imaginations of intrepid explorers and ghost hunters.
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.
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Looking for more abandoned places to explore in Ohio? You’d be surprised to learn the Buckeye State is not only home to its fair share of abandoned places, but also some of the most notoriously haunted places in the entire country! Mansfield Reformatory is, of course, the most notoriously haunted *and* abandoned place in Ohio; this historic prison first opened in 1886 and is nearly 130 years old. The reformatory is known to house some of the country’s most violent ghosts; spirits of rioting inmates who fought each other to the death in overcrowded isolation cells are said to haunt the halls and cells of this former prison, which closed in 1990. Since then, the reformatory has gained national acclaim, most notably as the filming location for “The Shawshank Redemption.” Today, it’s open to curious visitors looking to explore a haunting – albeit stunning – piece of Ohio history.
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Abandoned Places in Ohio
What are some other abandoned places in Ohio?
If you're looking for some abandoned places in Ohio to explore, we designed a road trip that visits some of the most iconic creepy and haunted spots in the state!
- Cleveland's Abandoned Subway. In terms of abandoned places in Ohio, the Detroit-Superior Bridge, (also known as the Veterans Memorial Bridge), is definitely creepy. It's a 3,112 ft. long arch bridge over the Cuyahoga River, linking Detroit Avenue and Superior Avenue. When cars pass over this bridge, they’re also passing over a lower streetcar level that hasn’t been in operation since 1954. Today, the streetcar level remains vacant and closed off. However, a few times a year the Cuyahoga County Engineer’s Office opens the system to the public—allowing urban explorers to venture through the lonely (and slightly eerie) tunnels.
Geauga Lake Amusement Park. Another abandoned amusement park in Ohio? Say it's not so! What was once the world’s largest theme park is now an overgrown land of decaying roller coasters, empty concession stands and abandoned ticket booths that welcome visitors no more. Geauga Lake Amusement Park has stood abandoned since 2007, after a long history of beloved family vacations (since 1887) and multiple expansions and redesigns. Please note: Much of the park is now demolished, and no roller coasters stand at the site anymore. Nonetheless, telltale signs of the former amusement park can be seen in the landscape.
- Helltown. The people of the former town of Boston Mills (located in northern Summit County and now more commonly referred to as "Helltown,") were ordered by the U.S. government to leave the town in the early 70s. Whether Satanic activity, government conspiracy or mutated citizens led to the town's sudden evacuation, the abandoned homes, buildings and streets are said to be haunted today by the spirits of those who didn't want to leave. Shiver.