A few years ago, in 2009 to be exact, I had the opportunity to tour and photograph the decrepit remains of Chippewa Lake Park. I had never visited the park during its active operation which lasted 100 years, from 1878 to 1978, but many of my Ohio raised friends had very fond memories of visiting during their childhoods. After the park shut down in 1978, it was left to decay for over 30 years, so at the time of my visit only the vestiges of good times past still remained. Mother Nature had taken her toll!
The scene in 2009 was rather surreal with a mature tree growing right thru the middle of the old rusty ferris wheel. All throughout the remains of the park were rusting remnants of rides and their tracks, falling wooden buildings, and fleeting memories for those who had enjoyed childhood moments here.
I came across this one remaining wall of one of the buildings and between the graffiti painted sad clown face and the comment painted on the wall to the right (The old fortune teller lies dead on the floor. Nobody needs fortunes told anymore.), I thought it pretty well summed up the demise of this once vibrant park!
Ironically, I think many of us would like to have our fortunes told these days!