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Enter if you dare: America's scariest places

Love Exploring Logo By Jacqui Agate of Love Exploring | Slide 2 of 61: Theme parks are typically places of fast rides, faster food and family fun – but this one has a darker tale. The story of the site begins in the 18th century when land feuds between indigenous people and a white settling family led to murder on both sides. So some might say that Lake Shawnee Amusement Park, opened here in the 1920s by entrepreneur Conley Snidow, was doomed from the start. There were numerous tragic accidents and deaths at the park before it was finally abandoned in the 1960s. Now ghost hunts and the annual “Dark Carnival” event make the most of the theme park's moldering remains. Take a look inside more of America's abandoned theme parks

Lake Shawnee Amusement Park, Mercer County, West Virginia

Theme parks are typically places of fast rides, faster food and family fun – but this one has a darker tale. The story of the site begins in the 18th century when land feuds between indigenous people and a white settling family led to murder on both sides. So some might say that Lake Shawnee Amusement Park, opened here in the 1920s by entrepreneur Conley Snidow, was doomed from the start. There were numerous tragic accidents and deaths at the park before it was finally abandoned in the 1960s. Now ghost hunts and the annual “Dark Carnival” event make the most of the theme park's moldering remains.

Take a look inside more of America's abandoned theme parks

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