Louis J. Koch had a dream—one of family, fun, and Christmastime year-round. And so he created Santa Claus Land, the nation’s first theme park, in Santa Claus, located in the gentle rolling hills of southern Indiana. Now, six decades later, Koch’s legacy lives on at Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari. Still owned and operated by the Koch family, Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari are consistently voted the friendliest and cleanest parks in the country, and their wooden roller coasters are rated in the top ten list among coaster enthusiasts. The Koch family members treat visitors to the park as family and welcome everyone into what has become a true extension of their home.
Author Bio: Since Pat Koch was a little girl, Santa Claus Land (and later Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari) has been an important part of her life. The growth of her family, the park, the town of Santa Claus, and other family enterprises are a source of great pride to her. Koch is especially devoted to her 12 grandchildren, who live in Indiana and Florida. Jane Ammeson is a writer specializing in travel, food, and personalities. She has written two other books for Arcadia, including Jasper and Huntingburg.
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