Boblo Island Amusement Park can be found on the lower portion of Bois Blanc Island (commonly referred to as Boblo Island), just below Sunset Court Road, in Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada.
Boblo Island Amusement Park began in 1898 and was built just above the mouth of the Detroit River. Characterized by arriving there on ferry either from Amherstburg, Canada or the Boblo Island Detroit Dock in Detroit, Michigan, it was comparable to Coney Island. The ‘Bob-Lo Boats’ were two steamer ferry boats, named the SS Ste. Clair and the SS Columbia and could accommodate 2,500 passengers each.
The Boblo Park offered many fun things such as a large dance hall, Ferris wheel, carousel, a small zoo and rides such as : Sky Streak, Screamer, The Nightmare, Wild Mouse and Falling Star. A small railroad was constructed to move visitors around the island to each destination. Henry Ford is said to have financed the large dance hall which was designed by architect John Scott. At the time the dance hall was the second largest in the world capable of holding 5,000 dancers and featuring a 16 foot tall, 14 foot wide, self playing orchestra.
The amusement park park closed in 1993, the amusement rides were sold in 1994 and the ferry boats were sold in 1996. A few of the buildings remain in the now derelict and abandoned Boblo Island Amusement Park, the dock being in the most extreme amount of decay. The dance pavilion still remains, as well as a few other buildings that housed some of the small rides.
As of 2014, the upper portion of Boblo Island is currently being developed into the Boblo Island and Marina Resort Community with a community of homes and condominiums. It is served by a private ferry.
Where is the abandoned dock and buildings of Boblo Island Amusement Park located? You can find it with these coordinates. 42.095731,-83.119711.
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