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In Columbus, we have quite the reputation of tearing things down.
But around the rest of Ohio, there are a handful of places that have been left to the elements, slowly disappearing back into nature. Abandoned places have an eerie sort of beauty and these unique destinations are no exception.
From amusement parks to coal mining towns, here are some interesting places around the Buckeye state that have been completely deserted.
Chippewa Lake Amusement Park
Closed since 1978, the old Chippewa Lake Park has been slowly reclaimed by nature every since. The decrepit Ferris wheel, overgrown with plants, looms over the park, but there is good news on the horizon. The property will be transformed into a Medina County Park, a park that will pay homage to the old amusement park and reconnect residents with the nearby lake. It won’t be ready for visitors for at least two years, so keep this one filed away under “things to look forward to.”
Location: Chippewa Lake, OH
SeaWorld Ohio opened in the spring of 1970 and delighted guests until it closed in the early 2000s. Now it stands abandoned, with some of the rides still in place. It may be gone, but the memories of summer trips to Geauga Lake are still all too real for many Ohioans.
Location: Aurora, OH
Geauga Lake Amusement Park
Speaking of Geauga Lake… it’s definitely seen better days as well. The park first opened in 1887 and by the 1920s, it housed the largest wooden roller coaster of its time, an Olympic-sized pool, and dozens of other attractions. The amusement park closed in 2007 and the waterpark followed in 2016 and since then, the whole site has become overgrown.
Location: Aurora, OH
Want to take a closer look? This Video Of The Abandoned Ruins At Geauga Lake Will Hit You Right In The Feels
It’s hard to imagine a whole town disappearing into the woods, but that’s exactly what happened in Moonville. It was a small town, only housing about 100 residents at its peak in 1879 and by the 1940s, the last family living in Moonville had left. Now, you can view the Moonville Tunnel for yourself, the only remaining landmark from Moonville, by taking a hike through Zaleski State Forest.
Location: Hope-Moonville Rd, McArthur, OH
Champion Electric at Brandywine Village
In 1920, the Champion Electric Company was built near the ruins of an old gristmill in Brandywine Village. The factory built restaurant appliances until the late 1930s before closing permanently. Willis Halle built the Champion Electric Company near the ruins of the old gristmill. The village is a former settlement near Brandywine Falls, located within Cuyahoga Valley National Park and you can still see some of the ruins while hiking through the park.
Location: Cuyahoga Valley National Park
If you grew up here in Columbus and you’re of a certain age, there’s a decent chance you enjoyed a baseball game or two at Cooper Stadium. While the Columbus Clippers have since rehomed to Huntington Park, Cooper Stadium has sat abandoned and overgrown on the west side of the city. Some of the stadium has been torn down, but a large section of the bleachers remain.
Location: 1155 W Mound St. Columbus, OH
Want to see for yourself? Cooper Stadium Looks An Abandoned, Apocalyptic Wasteland
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