ChippewaLakeParkIoA[Book: David W. & Diane Demali Francis – 2004 – 16x23cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos]. In the 1880s, Oscar Townsend and the Cleveland, Lorain, & Wheeling Railroad developed a prosperous vacation resort, eventually called “Chippewa Lake Park” (Medina, Ohio) on the banks of Ohio’s largest natural lake. In 1937, Parker Beach purchased the resort, and it enjoyed a swinging Golden Age through 1969. In 1978, after more than 100 years of operation, Chippewa Lake Park joined the ghostly ranks of the last traditional amusement parks. Chapter Points: The Emergence of an Amusement Park; Depression, War, and Survival; The Post War Boom; Chippewa Lake Park at its Zenith; Chippewa’s Final Years. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.