Wingfoot Lake in Mogadore, named for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company’s logo—the winged shoe of Mercury—supplied water for Goodyear’s blimp factory that opened during World War I. Wingfoot Lake hosted many company employee outings in the several decades before becoming a state park, including picnics specifically for Black workers in the 1930s. Additional information coming […]
Lagoons, Lakes, Ponds, & Swimming Holes
In July 1910, the Akron Beacon Journal ran an article under the sensational headline “Starts a Row; Shows Weapon.” The story opened with the account of a “colored damsel,” Retchel Park, who caused a commotion at the train station at Silver Lake Park, an amusement park on Silver Lake between Cuyahoga Falls and Stow, Ohio. […]
Chestnut Beach hosted various organizations’ outings and offered outdoor recreation and dancing. In 1937, it hosted the “All Ohio-Pennsylvania Negro outing.” The precise location is unclear. It was described as being “reached via route 8 and route 526.” The latter highway, now defunct, ran from East Akron through Mogadore to Route 43 in Suffield Township. […]
Springfield Lake Park in Lakemore outside Akron was the site of African American organizational outings in the 1930s. Additional information coming soon. Resources “Seiberling, B-W, Eagles’ Outing Are Scheduled; All-Nations, Odd Fellows, Vets, Negro Picnics Planned for Week-End.” Akron Beacon Journal. August 26, 1933.
Diamond Lake Park was located along Mayfield Road (Route 322) somewhere just west of Chesterland. It hosted a range of group outings, including those of African Americans. Additional information coming soon.
Brady Lake was an amusement park and leisure destination along Brady Lake between Kent and Ravenna, Ohio. It opened in 1898 and was regionally popular into the mid-20th century. Brady Lake attracted African American leisure-seekers in the interwar years. Additional information coming soon.
Burton’s Beach, or Burton Beach, in Ashtabula County offered “cottages, dine-dance, picnic grove, swimming, tennis, baseball,” according to a 1935 ad. Additional information coming soon. Resources Burton’s Beach advertisement. Call & Post. June 6, 1935.
Craig Beach was a small amusement park, beach, and picnic ground along the western shore of Lake Milton in the northwest corner of Mahoning County. Black patrons frustrated by the Jim Crow policies at Youngstown’s Idora Park traveled eighteen miles to Craig Beach in 1937 for their annual “Negro Day” outing. The Pittsburgh Courier reported […]
Falcon Lake Park was a Portage Lakes area picnic spot and recreational site used by African American as well as German, Polish, Slovak, and various other ethnically based organizations, fraternal orders, and churches from around Akron and Canton. It was located on Caston Road along Nimisila Reservoir. Additional information coming soon.
Jewel Lake Park was a planned Black leisure spot along Round-up Lake along Route 82 northwest of Mantua in Portage County. Whites in the vicinity employed threats of violence and a hastily adopted zoning code to prevent its opening in 1955. When an African American minister from St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Cleveland arrived in […]