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Remember LeSourdsville Lake? This Monroe brewery wants a piece of amusement park history

Cincinnati Enquirer logo Cincinnati Enquirer 8/2/2022 Emily DeLetter, Cincinnati Enquirer

A Monroe brewery is hoping to bring new life to items from the old LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park. 

Moeller Brew Barn in Monroe, one of the five current locations from the Maria Stein, Ohio-based brewing company, will open sometime this summer in the former Rivertown Brewery and Barrel House building. No specific opening date for the brewery, located at 6550 Hamilton Lebanon Rd., has been announced. 

But ahead of the opening, the owners have asked the city for permission to use some items from LeSourdsville Lake, also known as Americana Amusement Park, in the brewery. 

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Jennifer Patterson, the assistant to the city manager in Monroe, said Moeller Brew Barn asked the Monroe City Council for a long-term loan of several outdoor tables, one to three of the Sky Ride cars and two sets of signs.

The city has approximately 13 Sky Ride cars and 35 signs from the amusement park in its possession.

The Belle of LeSourdsville paddlewheel underneath the Sky Rider during the re-opening of LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park in 2002. © Michael Snyder/Cincinnati Enquirer The Belle of LeSourdsville paddlewheel underneath the Sky Rider during the re-opening of LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park in 2002.

Monroe City Council has directed staff to work with the brewery on the loan agreement, Patterson said, which is the current status of the project.

Watch: Remember the rides at LeSourdsville Lake, also known as Americana Amusement Park

What happened to LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park?

Edgar Streifthau opened LeSourdsville Lake in Monroe in 1922 as a family picnic destination. It grew and expanded, adding rides and becoming an amusement park in the following decades.

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Eventually, the arrival of nearby Kings Island in 1972 decreased business for the park, and it was rebranded to Americana Amusement Park in 1978 to keep up with the competition. An electrical fire in 1990 led to damages and bankruptcy, and the park eventually closed in 1999. 

In 2002, it attempted a comeback under the original LeSourdsville Lake name, but didn't last the season, and rides were either sold or dismantled. Portions of the former amusement park's land was developed by Monroe in 2017 to build a city park and bike trail and a vocational school campus.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Remember LeSourdsville Lake? This Monroe brewery wants a piece of amusement park history

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