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Steuben County's "Fun Spot" Featured in Book
Thursday Jan 11, 2018 5:25am
Angola, IN

By: Sheila McCrea

Angola’s former "memory-maker" known as Fun Spot Park & Zoo has found life after death in the pages of a new book.

Seph Lawless, an “artivist” who specializes in photo-documenting abandoned places like shopping malls, factories and homes, has released “Abandoned: Hauntingly Beautiful Deserted Theme Parks.” The photograph book features images from 13 defunct amusement parks.

Fun Spot Park & Zoo is among them.

Fun Spot Park & Zoo opened in 1956. For years, the amusement park was one of the largest in the region. At its height, Fun Spot featured 24 rides, as well as water slides, a small zoo, an arcade, and food and shops. The famed Afterburner roller coaster at Fun Spot was the only coaster with an inversion in Indiana until Indiana Beach unveiled its Steel Hawg in 2008.

The Fun Spot grounds, located along County Road 200 West in Angola, have sat unoccupied since the park was shutdown in 2008. The south part of the parking area and grounds has been used more recently by the Angola Rugby Club as a playing field.

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