History in Pictures- Summer Fun Edition

Akron’s Heyday of Rubber and Factories brought wealth and prosperity to Summit County. From Hudson to the Magical City of Barberton, beautiful landmarks were surrounded by parkland, and the people flocked to the parks.

Summit Beach Park

Summit Beach Park, known as Akron’s “The Million Dollar Playground” opened in 1917. It was highly profitable during the 1920s, and had summer peaks of over 24,000 visitors. The USA’s s largest funhouse, and the largest mosaic tile pool in the country were situated here. Summit Lake Park also featured a dance hall called the Wisteria. The park closed in 1958.

Summit Beach Amusement Park, 1922
Summit Beach Amusement Park, 1922
Summit Beach Bathers, 1922
Summit Beach Bathers, 1922
The Summit Beach Swimming Pool, 1936
The Summit Beach Swimming Pool, 1936
Summit Beach Picnic Grounds, 1925
Summit Beach Picnic Grounds, 1925

Cuyahoga Falls

The Gorge Dam 1932
The Gorge Dam 1932
The Cuyahoga River at the Glen in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
The Cuyahoga River at the Glen in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

Lake Anna, Barberton

Lake Anna, Barberton Ohio 1953
Lake Anna, Barberton Ohio 1953
Lake Anna, Barberton Ohio 1913
Lake Anna, Barberton Ohio 1913

Down in the Valley

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Silver Lake Park, Stow

Silver Lake Park’s was a popular destination with its Water Toboggan. Popular from 1874 to 1918, it boasted swimming and boating of course, an arcade, bowling alley, amusement park rides, and dining and dancing pavilions.

Silver Lake Entrance
Silver Lake Entrance
Campers Bathing on Silver Lake
Campers Bathing on Silver Lake
Silverlake Toboggan Run, 1910
Silverlake Toboggan Run, 1910

West of Town

Montrose Swim Club 1956
Montrose Swim Club 1956
Sand Run MetroPark
Sand Run MetroPark

Turkeyfoot Lake

Canoeing on Turkeyfoot Lake, 1907
Canoeing on Turkeyfoot Lake, 1907

Springfield Lake

1909, This is Outside a Place called Martin's on Springfield Lake
1909, This is Outside a Place called Martin’s on Springfield Lake
Springfield Lake Canoeing
Springfield Lake Canoeing

Long Lake (Portage Lakes)

Cormany's Landing,1920-1930, Long Lake
Cormany’s Landing,1920-1930, Long Lake
Cormany’s Landing was a popular recreation spot in the 1920s and 1930s. Swimming, boat rentals and a dance pavilion was the rage at the time. Cormay’s Closed in 1940.

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