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This is the remains of a stairway leading to the hotel on Rose Island Amusement Park. An Ohio River flood in 1937 destroyed the island.

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Small ferries!

Ferries like The Liberty picked up passengers from Madison, Indiana and from Prospect, Kentucky. Shown here is Rose Island Road in Prospect where the ferry would have landed—the structures shown I assume are new.

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ROSE ISLAND DINING!

It had 2 side-by-side dining halls (1 indoor and 1 outdoor) holding 500 diners each—overflow diners could eat at the dance hall facing the dining halls. Rose Island also had smaller restaurants as well as picnic tables strewn about.

I may write a mystery taking place on Rose Island.

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The steamboat landing’s heyday—only the 3 pillars & the hotel’s retaining wall remain. The old pedestrian bridge & adjacent parking lot. Nearby is the “new” bridge—a 100-year-old car bridge moved to Rose Island—just a few yards from the original bridge. The old road leading to the parking lot is now a walking trail.

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FERN GROVE

Fern Grove began in the 1880s as a church camp and summer resort. In 1923, Mr. Rose turned it into an amusement park, Rose Island. To my knowledge, the hotel was the only part of Fern Grove that remained until 1937 when the flood destroyed everything.

 

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Then and now. This was once a tall fountain. I could not find an old roller coaster photo. The 1937 flood destroyed them.

My thriller, Dream Flyer, partially takes place here.

 

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Then and now. The foundation is part of cottage. Nothing remains of the three-story hotel. People often spent the summer here. The 1937 flood destroyed it.

My thriller, Dream Flyer, partially takes place here.

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Then and now. The pool is filled with gravel for safety’s sake. The other set of photos is the bath house—only the floor/drains remain. This was frequented by the wealthy.

My thriller, Dream Flyer, partially takes place here.

 

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Then and now. I can imagine this place on the Fourth of July! One of the main steamboats was the Idlewild—it was renamed Belle of Louisville and is still going strong. The steamer America and the steamer Rose Island also brought huge crowds to Rose Island.

 

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Rose Island was a resort/amusement park on the Indiana side of the Ohio River, about 15 miles upriver from Louisville. The 1937 flood destroyed it, and it is now part of Charlestown State Park. One photo shows a piano frame from a piano ruined in the flood.

(my manuscript, Dream Flyer, includes Rose Island)

 

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