Cedar Point Almost Built an Amusement Park in Battle Creek, Michigan
Of course Battle Creek once had the Cereal City USA attraction, and Kellogg's once offered factory tours, but could you imagine if the city would have been home to an amusement park like Cedar Point?
The Sandusky, Ohio-based Cedar Point was once deeply involved in discussion with the city of Battle Creek.
Don't believe it? A newspaper article from a Toldeo newspaper dated 1977 tells the story of Cedar Point backing out on plans to build an amusement park in Battle Creek.
The article, from the Toledo Blade was shared on the You Know You're From Battle Creek Facebook page. The article states that the city and Cedar Point entered into an agreement in August of 1976 to develop 760 acres in the city as an amusement park, however, Cedar Point backed out of the agreement.
Political leaders at the time speculated that the energy and gasoline crisis of the era may have contributed to the decision not to build in Michigan, thinking that Americans would be traveling less because of gasoline shortages and price spikes. That outlook was, of course in hindsight, unfounded.
Comments on the Facebook post indicate the land at the former Fort Custer, now an industrial park was the land targeted for the theme park.
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