Bridging the Past...
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
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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