LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park

LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park
LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park Logo.jpg
amusement park
Location
Middletown, Ohio, USA
Status Defunct
Operated June 10, 1922 to 2002
Previous names Americana Park (1978 - 2001)
LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park

LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park was an amusement park in Middletown, Ohio, USA.

History[edit | edit source]

In 1949, the park was expanded. The Rock-O-Plane, Parade of Fun funhouse, and an amusement arcade were all added.[1]

The park was renamed Americana Park in 1978.

In February 1996, the park was acquired by Park River Corporation, owner of another Ohio amusement park, Coney Island.[2] However in 1999 Park River announced that due to lower than expected attendance, Americana Park would not reopen. In May 2000, it was sold to Jerry Couch, who owned a nearby RV dealership. Couch announced his plan to reopen the amusement park under its original name in August. The reopening was pushed back to April 2001 and again to 2002.[3]

The park closed a week earlier than expected in 2002. Park owner Jerry Couch stated he planned to open the park under new management in 2003.[4] It did not reopen and many attractions were left standing but not operating.

In May 2006, Couch confirmed that the park would not reopen, announcing his intention to expand his RV dealership and sell the remaining rides at LeSourdsville Lake. Couch stated that he had lost $500,000 after opening the park in 2002.[5] The Screechin' Eagle roller coaster was demolished in August 2011.[6]

Former roller coasters[edit | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Relocated
Jack Rabbit Unknown Kiddie 1955 1968 Unknown
Lil Dipper Roller Coaster Allan Herschell Company Kiddie Unknown 2002 Sluggers & Putters
Screechin' Eagle Unknown Wooden 1940 2002 -
Serpent S.D.C. 1989 2002 Kokomo's Family Fun Center
Wild Mouse Adolph Heinrich Wild Mouse 1961 Unknown Unknown
unknown Unknown Kiddie 1952 Unknown Unknown

Former attractions[edit | edit source]

This list is incomplete, please expand it if you can.
Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Rock-O-Plane Eyerley Aircraft Company Rock-O-Plane 1949 2002 Relocated to Coney Island
Tempest Grover Watkins Tempest 1998 Unknown Relocated to Coney Island

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "LeSourdsville Opens Today", The Cincinnati Enquirer.
  2. "Rebirth of Americana", Dayton Daily News.
  3. "Americana's reopening pushed back", Dayton Daily News.
  4. LeSourdsville Lake closes early - Amusement Today (Wayback archive)
  5. "Amusement park doomed to fade into history", Dayton Daily News.
  6. "Wooden roller coaster taken down", The Journal News.

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