THROUGH THESE GATES:

LINWOOD PARK

Vermilion, Ohio

To be published soon:
THROUGH THESE GATES:
LINWOOD PARK
REVISITED THROUGH POSTCARDS

Announcing THE LINWOOD TREES a book of Linwood history and memories
You can contribute now for this book to be published in 2009 - follow this link for full details


Linwood Park, established in 1884 ,on the Shores of Lake Erie in Vermilion, Ohio, was a part of my life for a number of years, and the genesis for my desire to learn more about the development of the summer resort, vacation institutions, and the Victorian way of life.   I first saw the park in November, 1964, and was fortunate to own a cottage there from the mid-1970s through the 1980s.  In the early 1980s, as the park was approaching its centennial, I began a project to document the history of the park.  The resulting book, THROUGH THESE GATES: LINWOOD PARK, was published in 1984 for the park's centennial celebration.  The title came from the feeling I always felt entering "through the gates"  into the park. Once inside, Linwood Park is a world away, a peaceful and quiet place, that never changes.  When entering "through the gates" for a summer vacation, I always took off my watch to forget about time.  Finally at the end of one vacation, when leaving the park, instead of putting my watch back on, I threw it away.  That has made a difference in how I feel about life.  Life changes for us all, and my ties to Linwood Park ended in 1990.  In November, 2000, I was in Ohio on business, and stopped in Vermilion for a few hours to visit Linwood Park.  Upon passing THROUGH THESE GATES, I found that at least for Linwood Park, it is always the early 1900s, and "things never change."

I have collected well over 100 vintage postcards of Linwood Park, and would like to share my collection with the world on these pages, along with some history of the park, and the development of the "summer experience" and the "American Grand Tour."   This will be an ongoing project, so please stop by and visit, and let me know what you think. Thank you, RAY

This "generic" Seaside Postcard
with "Linwood Park" written in, was mailed in Vermilion, Ohio Aug, 15, 1907

Brief History of the Park

THE GATE
THE BEACH and BATHHOUSE
HOTEL, STAND, and the GROVE
TABERNACLE
EAST SIDE of the Park
WEST SIDE of the Park
CRYSTAL BEACH PARK
LAGOONS and LIGHTHOUSE
THE TOWN OF VERMILION
VERMILION RIVER


Catalog of our Postcard Collection

Through These Gates -- THE BOOK


Published by George P. Wahl, and mailed in 1911 from Vermilion
this is one of my favorite styles of postcards showing multiple images
of other cards by the same publisher on the same subject

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