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San Juan Bridge during the 50s Background
The Indian Lake harbor bridge has been an icon of both Indian Lake and Logan County since its construction in the 1920’s. The bridge served as the pedestrian connection between the two sides of the amusement park which, until falling into disrepair during the 60’s, became known as “Ohio’s Million Dollar Playground.” Thousands of friends were made, loves confessed, and millions of lives were touched from atop the span of this bridge looking out over the Russells Point harbor.

Since purchasing the amusement park property in 1981, Mr. W.M. (Bill) Reed had a vision of making the bridge come to life again as the center of activity in a bustling Russells Point harbor. Mr. Reed rebuilt the concrete abutments and thoroughly painted the structure to prevent any further decay. However, he was prevented from re-decking the structure by the cost of bringing the bridge to current building codes and the cost of insurance for a private individual to open the bridge to the public.

Knowing the wishes of their father Bill, and mother, Marjorie (both now deceased), the Reed family has chosen to work with the Indian Lake Area Historical Society ("ILAHS") to complete this project. A Sandy Beach Bridge committee was formed within ILAHS, and includes interested community members to ensure proper guidance and focus on the planning, funding, and execution of the project. With the benefit of being a public entity, the dream of bringing the bridge to life once again for the entire Indian Lake community can become a reality for older generations, as well as for our newest and future generations.

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