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Remarkable Ramona Park
October 24, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
In 1882, the Grand Rapids Railway Company opened its first pavilion at Reeds Lake on property that was purchased the previous year. The success of this venture prompted the construction of a bigger and better building in 1893 which burned down four years later. For the resort season of 1897, the new pavilion opened as a vaudeville theater. Ramona Theater soon became immensely popular, and the company expanded its resort by 1903 to include amusements. Besides having one of the finest theaters on the circuit, Ramona Park had an outstanding roller coaster, merry-go-round, dance pavilion, fun house, the latest in amusement park rides, and picnic grounds. Since the park was on the shore of Reeds Lake, visitors could also enjoy everything the lake had to offer, swimming beaches, steamship rides, and boat liveries. Gail Snow will talk about her recently published book, Remarkable Ramona Park, and share a few details of the history of the park, including some little-known facts she uncovered while doing research.