New Middle Class - Minerva Park

Title

New Middle Class - Minerva Park

Subject

New Middle Class

Description

Maker Text: Minerva Amusement Park
For seven glorious summers, from July 13, 1895 to July 27, 1902, laughter and gaiety rang forth from the first amusement park in Franklin County. With intoxicants banned, the Park was enjoyed by the "respectable" folk of the Gay '90s - the stone water tower/jail was quick to house any ruffian who threatened disharmony. Delighting young and old were the Zoological Garden, Ornithological Museum, the Scenic Railway roller coaster, Shoot the Chutes (the water slide of its day), swimming, boating, baseball, bowling, concerts, dancing, picnics, strolls in the cool woodlands, pony rides, fireworks, the orchestrion replicating a 36-piece orchestra, grande vaudeville, and theater. Minerva Park's popularity faded with the opening of Olentangy Park, only 3 miles from downtown Columbus.

Files

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Citation

“New Middle Class - Minerva Park,” Teaching Columbus, accessed November 22, 2017, http://teachingcolumbus.omeka.net/items/show/114.