The American Bronzing Company was located in a Southeast Columbus industrial area, enjoying an 80 year run of providing America a needed service – bronzing baby shoes (and I found out today many other things). Amazingly this company had bronzed 14 million baby shoes in their history.
This traditional now however has essentially disappeared so the business recently shut down. Today they were auctioning off the entire factory; office equipment, machinery and any remaining inventory.
We paid a visit not to participate in the auction, but to check out the factory – it was well worth it for a unique piece of American cultural history.
Up first – a bronze hat, and not to be outdone – a silver one.
An ice skate!
Some of the aforementioned 14 million baby shoes.
A taco shell???
Meanwhile back in the idled factory you got a sense of how dirty the job must have been.
A discarded sprayer.
The shelves are now empty.
With a number of baby shoes that went without the honor of being encased in bronze.
But mine had been bronzed (many years ago).
Geauga Lake Amusement Park Obituary: The grand old amusement park called Geauga Lake was first opened in 1887 alongside a lake of the same name. By the late 1800s rides had been added, with the legendary Big Dipper roller coaster added in 1925.
While many amusement parks closed over the years, Geauga Lake hung on, continually adding and expanding, despite being an hour and a half away from one of the great amusement parks in America, Cedar Point.
Situated across the lake from Sea World of Ohio, the two parks worked in harmony providing a destination for millions of people over the years.
In the early 2000s Six Flags purchased the park, added more rides and operated Geauga Lake, as well as the acquisition of Sea World in 2001.
In 2004 Six Flags was losing money on the park, mostly from an apathetic approach to the customers, when they decided to sell the park to Cedar Fair, the owners of Cedar Point. Many believe this was just a ploy on Cedar Fair’s part to buy out the competition, which was confirmed 4 years later when the amusement park portion closed for good, while the Sea World portion became a large water park, sans attractions like the dolphins and whales. It too closed in 2016.
And thus, the Geauga Lake Funeral – auctioning off the assets of the park – in June 2008.
And the final hammer swung on Geauga Lake