LeSourdsville Lake, also known as Americana Amusement Park by a generation of visitors, was a popular recreational park for many decades despite being located within 15 miles of Kings Island, one of the premier theme parks in the country. Emphasis on providing quality food and personalized catering enabled the park to host hundreds of annual company picnics, high school proms, and family reunions. The park's success was maintained by featuring such classic rides as the Electric Rainbow and the Whip and the Screechin' Eagle and Serpent roller coasters, while the Stardust Gardens provided quality entertainment ranging from the best of the big bands to the greatest music and television stars of the 1960s. Families visited "the Lake" as religiously as they drove the same route to work every day.
Author Bio: Scott Fowler is cofounder of the Southwest Ohio Amusement Park Historical Society, Inc., based in West Carrollton, Ohio. As a former LeSourdsville Lake park employee, Fowler has amassed park souvenirs from six decades and maintains a park archive consisting of promotional postcards, official park photographs, an employee database, and a variety of memorabilia.
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