Geauga Lake to be dedicated as historic marker — honoring the legacy of the park

AURORA, Ohio - The people and the rides that occupied Geauga Lake may be long gone, but its legacy will be remembered.

Geauga Lake will be dedicated as a historical marker— a move commemorating the cherished history and importance it had on the community.

Many people can connect their first amusement park experience at Geauga Lake while riding the water rides and roller coasters.

The community of Geauga Lake began as a cluster of summer cottages that were occupied by visitors to Giles Pond. In the late 19th century, locals established the area as a dance hall, picnic area and other facilities for those who went looking for a country getaway.

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During prohibition, the rural setting of Geauga Lake provided a haven for speakeasies and dance halls.

The post-war era housing shortage and improvements in transportation brought year-round housing to the community.

The harmonic sounds of a turning carousel and the echoing screams from the passengers riding the 70-foot high Corkscrew stooped when the park closed in 2007.

Memorabilia such as old photos and ticket stubs will be on display during the ceremony.

The City of Aurora's Landmark Commission will host the ceremony on Sept. 17 at 3 p.m.

The marker will be placed on the property owned by the Geauga Lake Improvement Association, located along Route 43 next to the Geauga Lake Ballroom.

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