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  1. LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park by Scott E. Fowler
  2. LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park [Images of America] [OH] [Arcadia Publishing]
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LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park by Scott E. Fowler

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Just before the park was to open for the season, an accidental fire destroyed the bathhouse. Edgar was desperate to rebuild a new bathhouse before the park opened in May. He went to the Middletown Lumber Company and solicited the assistance of a personable and talented draftsman, Don Dazey. On May 30, the park opened with a new bathhouse. Dazey convinced Edgar that dances could be successful without the fighting and melee that plagued the park in earlier years. Don constructed Stardust Gardens next door to the bathhouse.

Don also solicited area companies to hold their picnics at the park and began an important tradition that continued until the park closed. Edgar also added two toboggan water slides , a waterwheel, seven diving boards, and a foot 6. The coaster was rebuilt and named "The Cyclone. The s represented an important decade for LeSourdsville Lake. The park became the "Miami Valley's Chosen Playground" and became the hottest entertainment spot during the summer months. In , the park added The Whip and a Ferris wheel to its thrill ride line-up. Edgar also built a new front entrance and added a section of new midway near the entrance to The Cyclone.

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In , two stream-lined trains were added to The Cyclone and a kiddie racing car ride was installed. On July 4, the park celebrated its largest one-day turnout in its history when 30, came through the front gate. Major improvements were visible as LeSourdsville Lake opened its season. A state-of-the-art masonry building was constructed next to The Cyclone entrance. New rides and attractions included the Fun Parade, and a penny arcade.

The s ushered in some changes for LeSourdsville Lake as the park's image began to decline from its peak the previous decade. Big bands that once graced the Stardust Gardens Ballroom throughout the week were now featured on weekends only.

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Edgar renovated the bathhouse to accommodate the large number of swimmers the park serviced each year. The brick addition to the bathhouse also "provided a fire resistive baring at an amusement park. By , Edgar was manufacturing his own line of turnpike cars in a partnership with Oxford, Ohio resident Frank Dodd.


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Kiddieland , located where the picnic shelters stand today, saw five new rides added, including a new steel coaster called the Jack Rabbit. In , the Turnpike ride was built next to the Screechin' Eagle formerly The Cyclone roller coaster. Edgar and Don realized that more had to be done to modernize LeSourdsville Lake. Disneyland opened in to such rave reviews from the public that they expected other parks to become just as modern and clean. At Cedar Point , a multimillion-dollar renovation was under way by in an attempt to become the " Disneyland of the Midwest. In , a stone tower and fountain were constructed at the main entrance.

Edgar and Don were ready to enter with a new vision. However, Don Dazey died in June Edgar was lost without Don's ability to work with the staff and customers alike. Edgar's role had been mainly behind the scenes developing new revenue sources for the park and developing a plan for the park's future. A local bank required Edgar to immediately pay off the outstanding loan. Edgar decided he did not want to chance taking on a partner he couldn't get along with so the expansion plans were dropped and the park was put up for sale. The s ushered in a prosperity for the year-old park.

They took over in and quickly continued the renovation effort that stopped prematurely when Don Dazey died. A Heinrich Wild Mouse roller coaster was the newest ride to greet visitors for the season. In addition, an hole miniature golf course and a new Arcade building were built at the end of the midway next to the Screechin' Eagle roller coaster. The park also featured a native Hawaiian ornamental garden with hand carved Tiki and live palm trees.

Unfortunately, the year was plagued by abnormal amount of rain which affected attendance. At the end of the season, the area's first "pay one price plan" was established. In , Middletown resident William "Bill" Barr became a partner in the park and contributed his creative ideas and endless energy to help make LeSourdsville Lake the favorite park for hundreds of thousands of patrons. By the mids, LeSourdsville Lake was drawing about , patrons annually. The opening of Kings Island amusement park just a few miles away in nearby Mason, Ohio in didn't dampen the spirits of Howard Berni.

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On the other hand, if Kings Island brings in the tourist, we will benefit from the overflow. We aren't going to fade away. They have the worries, not us. In a new Calypso ride was installed, and named simply The Calypso. Bill's knack for producing interesting promotions enabled the park to enjoy large crowds. During the late s, the park presented brief 15 minute musical shows every day on the midway stage that advertised various park attractions. At particular points in the presentation, the tape machine was programmed to pause after the M.

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The band also in costumes , whose characters were called Do, Rey, Me, and Fa would play a song. During the summers of and , the band was a local Rock band called Septer. The recession in the early s began affecting attendance at the park. New attractions that year included a transformation of the Hanneford Circus tent into a platform for Bumper Buggys, a soft-core version of bumper cars. At the end of the Bill Robinson left the park and was replaced by industry veteran Lenny Gottstein. The highlight of the decade was the addition of the Raging Thunder Log Flume in The attraction represented the largest investment in the park's year history and helped boost the annual attendance over , The flume, designed by Ron Berni and built by Barr Engineering of Minnesota , was located in a former bird sanctuary in the old Tombstone Territory section of the park.

The area was renamed Logger's Run after the flume was added.

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In , the park auctioned off the horses from its PTC 71 carousel. Although some fans were disappointed about the sale, the carousel burned to the ground in an accidental fire in In , the Galleon swinging ship was installed in Logger's Run. At the end of the season, park vice president Guy Sutton left to take a position with an industry consulting firm. Attendance at the park was maintained at , The park quickly enlisted the assistance of local labor unions to rebuild the area in time for the April opening with payment to come later in the summer.