LeSourdsville Lake, Monroe, Ohio. The amusement park of my youth. The rollercoaster terrorized me and look, it's not even that high! I refused to ride unless my Dad sat with me, and even he always bounced out of his seat. Imagine feeling that at age 9. For full description of what the Space Rocket was for me, listen to Bill Cosby's "Roland and the Rollercoaster."
Shelton Church, South Carolina. Founded in 1757 and burned down during the Revolutionary War, it was rebuilt from the remaining walls, then fired again during Sherman's March to the Sea in the Civil War. After that, parishioners just said the hell with it.
The largest free-standing steel cell block in the world in Ohio's historic Mansfield Reformatory has six levels of tiny cells. Opened 1896-1990, Mansfield suffered through disease outbreaks, a couple of large-scale riots and one poorly-timed escape attempt fire that killed 332 inmates in their cells. Residents included author O.Henry who smuggled manuscripts out and Dr. Sam Shepherd, who's life was the inspiration for "The Fugitive." Used for filming "The Shawshank Redemption."
Fantasy Farm, Monroe, Ohio. Part petting zoo, part kiddie amusement park, many a summer of my youth was spent here with my younger brothers. Opened in 1963 right next to my favorite park LeSourdsville Lake, it was abandoned by 1991.