But did you know that for several years in the 1950s that was a tiny amusement park on the western outskirts of Huron? It was called Huron Kiddieland and the small ad for it shown above, which ran in the Lorain Journal on September 2, 1959 was the first I’d heard of it. It was located on what today would be considered the old 6&2 route out of town before the bypass was built.
Of course, Huron Kiddieland was just a small, neighborhood-type park compared to its gigantic competitors. But it probably brought just as much pleasure as the big parks to those families who spent a day enjoying the rides and ambiance.
The park was the brainchild of Harry Suhren. According to the article below, which appeared in the Sandusky Register on May 20, 1954, shortly before the park opened, Suhren “had long operated rides at fairs throughout the neighboring states, retired two years ago but found that doing nothing was not for him. Then and there, he decided on the Kiddieland.”
Here is another publicity item and ad from when the park opened. They both ran in the Register on June 11, 1954.
Here are some more ads from the Register between 1955 and 1956.
|May 6, 1955 ad|
|July 1, 1955 ad|
|August 10, 1956 ad|
Harry Suhren passed away in July 1957.
However, the park continued on for several more years.
|July 7, 1959 ad from the Register|
|July 11, 1959 ad from the Register|
|July 24, 1959 ad from the Register|
|August 10, 1960 ad|
|Sept. 3, 1960 ad|
After the 1960 season, it appeared that Kiddieland was going to be sold to a church.
|From the Sandusky Register of Nov. 26, 1960|
But the deal apparently fell through. The park was finally sold in 1962.
|From the Register of March 9, 1962|
Here’s a list of the rides as described in an ad from when the property was listed for sale.