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Toledo Magazine: Enchanted Forest Playland

Envisioned by R.W. Bishop of Toledo as a destination for family togetherness and gentle thrills, Enchanted Forest Playland may still be aptly named for any fairies or other mythical creatures roaming his Kettering Drive property in North Toledo. Wild grass and weeds have grown over car tracks and vines have crept over ride railings, but memories persist of when folks enjoyed themselves on the rides, many of which were designed or built by Bishop. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW FULL PHOTO, START SLIDE SHOW.

A clown continues to smile at Enchanted Forest Playland even though the music stopped here long ago. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A clown continues to smile at Enchanted Forest Playland even though the music stopped here long ago.
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This sign once welcomed adults and children alike to the amusement park in North Toledo. Enlarge | Buy This Photo This sign once welcomed adults and children alike to the amusement park in North Toledo.
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An airplane ride patiently waits to take off with the next load of passengers. Enlarge | Buy This Photo An airplane ride patiently waits to take off with the next load of passengers.
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The Jolly Caterpillar emerges from the foliage ready for a spin. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The Jolly Caterpillar emerges from the foliage ready for a spin.
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Parkgoers purchased tickets for the various carnival-style rides. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Parkgoers purchased tickets for the various carnival-style rides.
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The Himalaya once careened around the curve on the track. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The Himalaya once careened around the curve on the track.
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Birds perch on the framing of a ride at Enchanted Forest Playland, perhaps wondering when the grounds might again be covered in popcorn falling from children's hands. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Birds perch on the framing of a ride at Enchanted Forest Playland, perhaps wondering when the grounds might again be ...
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R.W. Bishop thought Enchanted Forest Playland might become a popular spot for company picnics and school class trips. Enlarge | Buy This Photo R.W. Bishop thought Enchanted Forest Playland might become a popular spot for company picnics and school class trips.
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It's lights out for the Himalaya ride. Enlarge | Buy This Photo It's lights out for the Himalaya ride.
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R.W. Bishop walks by the clown ride, which was built in Italy. He said folks just don't share that family experience anymore Enlarge | Buy This Photo R.W. Bishop walks by the clown ride, which was built in Italy. He said folks just don't share that ...
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R.W. Bishop hopes to find a buyer for the Enchanted Forest Playland rides, seen here in this 2002 file photo. Enlarge | Buy This Photo R.W. Bishop hopes to find a buyer for the Enchanted Forest Playland rides, seen here in this 2002 file photo.
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