Presentation set on former park


Staff report



ST. MARYS — The Auglaize County Historical Society will host the presentation “Gordon State Park” on Thursday, June 1, at 7 p.m. at the St. Marys Community Public Library, Chestnut Street. The event is free and open to the public.

St. Marys resident and local historian Dennis “Denny” Long, who has built a model of Gordon State Park will serve as the presenter for the evening.

“Gordon State Park is a pivotal chapter in Grand Lake history and St. Marys history. We know that many area residents will be excited to learn more about this former landmark,”said Auglaize County Historical Society administrator Rachel Barber.

Gordon State Park was located on the northeast corner of Grand Lake State Marys, and included the land from what is now the state marina to state Route 364. The park opened on July 4, 1924, but was plagued by disaster, including two fires, a tornado and the Great Depression. It closed in 1933.

Founded in 1963, the Auglaize County Historical Society collects, preserves, interprets, and shares the history of Auglaize County and its people through exhibits, programs, and publications.

For more information about this event or the Auglaize County Historical Society, contact auglaizecountyhistory@bright.net or 419-738-9328. The Auglaize County Historical Society is also on Facebook.

Staff report