269 Rustic Rook, Chippewa OH

On a warm spring day in 2009, Bill and Connie Glasenapp humbly purchased a home closer to their family. Before purchasing the property, the two appreciated and enjoyed the historical background of the home and village. In recent years, Medina residents such as the Glasenapp’s at 269 Rustic Rook, have realized the diamond in the ruff that is The Village of Chippewa Lake, as well as the beauty and deep history of the homes the community contains. The Glasenapp’s home was built in 1929, after a man named Oscar Townsend developed a prosperous vacation spot, Chippewa Lake Park, in the 1880s. The lake provided job opportunities for many different people when the amusement park opened as well as providing entertainment for families. Once used as a home for rent to amusement park attendees, the Industrial Revolution, opening of Cedar Point, and the lack of major highways near the spot contributed to the park’s downfall and eventual closing in 1978, and changed the home and surrounding others into abandoned run down dwellings.


Crowded Park

Crowded Park

During its most thriving years between 1950 and 1970, Chippewa Lake Amusement Park boomed with crowds of people every day throughout the summer. Its main attractions of the Ferris Wheel, as well as the largest roller coaster of its time brought crowds of thousands. Stationed on the largest inland lake in the state of Ohio, many came to enjoy the lakeside activities and spent a few days visiting the lake and park, while staying in the vacation cottages in the village near by. Provided to park visitors was food, attractions, and even activities for the kids, all of which brought hundreds of excited visitors. Image courtesy of: The Glasenapp Family Archives View File Details Page

Ticket Stub

Ticket Stub

Roller Coaster and such rides at Chippewa Lake Amusement Park required patrons to hold tickets in order to ride.Ticket stubs were taken at the time you rode the rides and each ride was 1-3 tickets per time ridden. Different form today's "pay-one-price" scheme where one ticket is purchased to get a full day of fun, the Chippewa Lake Amusement Park was a "pay-as-you-go" park, where a guest enters the park at little or no charge. The guest must then purchase rides individually, by purchasing ride tickets. A positive to this practice was the people's ability to only pay for what they truly wanted to do. If someone was spending their time on the lake or in a cottage and only wanted a little time at the park, they didn't need to pay a large entry fee to be there for a short period of time. Image Courtesy of: The Glasenapp Family Archives View File Details Page

The Train Station<br /><br />

The Train Station

Families from all over ohio had the experience of riding the electric train that would take them to arrive at the amusement park of Chippewa Lake. The tracks of this train spread from Mansfield to Cleveland OH. This train is one of the first electric trains invented and it was as a total success. Patrons enjoyed not having to drive their own vehicles to the park for the weekend. It also enabled patrons to save money on gasoline and take the stress off of watching your own car all weekend or for the day. The train system implemented easy and safe travel. Image Courtesy of: Glasenapp Family Archives View File Details Page

Current House Picture<br /><br />

Current House Picture

Chippewa Lake Amusement Park is a historical landmark. Consequentially, the surrounding neighborhood was a sought after place to live. A specific home, at the address of 269 Rustic Rook, is now residence to William and Constance Glasenapp. Built in 1929, this cottage has a vintage, friendly, vibe. It not only preserves memories of the park but also brings them back to life every single day. The home itself is a model symbol of family life during the era of the park. Its also a good example of the general hospitality of the people living in the neighborhood and surrounding homes. Since the homes in the neighborhood are smaller and have barely any land attached, the could be built closer together. In general, the neighborhood had and still has a friendly, family-oriented vibe. Image Courtesy of: Glasenapp Family Archives View File Details Page

Roller Coaster Front Row<br /><br />

Roller Coaster Front Row

Of the three roller coasters at Chippewa Lake Amusement Park over its century of life, The Big Dipper was the fan favorite attraction. Being the first of its kind, the coaster was the biggest, boldest, most daring coaster that consisted of many hills and turns. Here, The Big Dipper, nicknamed “The Coaster”, is shown circa 1920. Photographed here, Connie Glasenapp (age 7) and her father, Glenn Turner (age 35) are seated in the front row of The Coaster. The Big Dipper, welcoming to people of all ages, contained daring levels of speed and thrill. Known across the world, Chippewa Lake Amusement Park continued to be a legend to all during its time. Image Courtesy of: Glasenapp Family Archives View File Details Page


House Background

The house, built in 1929, was used as a summer cottage. When first built, the house was in poor condition but with a little fixing it became liveable. View File Details Page

1920's Houses

Connie Glasenapp describes 1920's homes like her's and their qualities. There are many difference between homes build in the 1900's, and the ones built today. View File Details Page

Deteriorating Business

As time went on, "bigger and better" things such as Cedar Point and 6 Flags were created. Because of this, business at Chippewa Lake Amusement Park slowly started to decrease causing the business to eventually shut down. View File Details Page

"Chippewa is a culture"

Bill Glasenapp makes it clear that living in Chippewa on the lake isn't only a place to live, its a lifestyle and a culture. Residents here enjoy and appreciate the historical background of life on the lake. View File Details Page

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Ali Martin, Maegen Holm, Riley Braun, “269 Rustic Rook, Chippewa OH,” Discover Medina, accessed July 22, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/267.

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