Buckeye Lake

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On July 4, 1825, construction of the Ohio-Erie Canal began with the turning of the first shovel of earth in the Buckeye Lake area. Completed in 1830, it formed the Licking Summit Reservoir, which became known as Buckeye Lake. To increase weekend business on its streetcars, the Columbus, Buckeye Lake and Newark Traction Company bought land at Buckeye Lake and built an amusement park, advertising it as "the Playground of Ohio." The Buckeye Lake Amusement Park and the Buckeye Lake Yacht Club on Watkins Island were very popular, and during the big band era, many visitors came to dance at the Crystal Pavilion and the Lake Breeze Pier Ballroom, which featured the sounds of Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Stan Kenton, Lawrence Welk, and Louis Armstrong.
ISBN: 9780738540054
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Ohio
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Chance Brockway grew up at Buckeye Lake Amusement Park, where his father managed the Lilac Room restaurant, and he discovered his love of photography there. His lens has followed the Ohio State Buckeyes since 1956, and many of his photographs have been published. An avid historian with an extensive photograph collection, he created the video Postcards of Buckeye Lake for the Greater Buckeye Lake Historical Society. He is also the author of Newark, published by Arcadia Publishing.
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