Buckeye Lake Park

Buckeye Lake Park (HM8DB)

Location: Buckeye Lake, OH 43008 Licking County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 55.96', W 82° 28.703'

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"The Playground of Ohio"

[Marker Front]:
Using a four-mile long dam, the state of Ohio impounded the Licking Summit Reservoir in the mid-1820s to supply water for the Ohio and Erie Canal. In 1894, the state renamed it Buckeye Lake and developed it for recreational use. The Columbus, Buckeye Lake, and Newark Traction Company developed an "electric park" here, bringing in excursionists on interurban cars between 1904 and 1929 and creating one of the region's most popular resorts. Hotels and summer cottages proliferated on leased ground. Nine acres in size, the park featured daily free admission during the summer.

[Marker Reverse]:
Promoted as offering "every amusement consistent with good morals and behavior," Buckeye Lake Park featured the "Dips" roller coaster, a 100-by-200-foot swimming pool, a roller skating rink, and dozens of other attractions. During the park's heyday in the 1940s, many big bands-including those of Guy Lombardo, Glenn Miller, and Tommy Dorsey with his singer Frank Sinatra-played at the Crystal Ballroom and Lake Breeze Pier Ballroom. The park declined in the 1960s and was subsequently acquired by the state. The adjacent fountain is the last remaining feature of Buckeye Lake Park.
HM NumberHM8DB
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number12-45
Year Placed2001
Placed ByOhio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Greater Buckeye Lake Historical Society and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 2:06pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 373679 N 4421330
Decimal Degrees39.93266667, -82.47838333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 55.96', W 82° 28.703'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 55' 57.60" N, 82° 28' 42.18" W
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Area Code(s)740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 27-73 Mill St, Buckeye Lake OH 43008, US
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