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Devil's Lake Amusement Park


Address: 1235 Elm Street
City: Manitou Beach State: MI Zip: Unknown Phone:  
County: Lenawee
Notes: At Devils Lake
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Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 5228
 
 

2/1/2014 - John Stange
I remember performing at Green's Pavilion in the late '60's with The Troyes from Battle Creek. I was pleasantly suprised to see the name on the venues sign. Mr. Green was a very nice man and we enjoyed playing there very much. The crowds were most appreiciative.

12/22/2013 - Jerry Fuentes
I am looking for the specific date that Freddie and the Dreamers appeared at Green's Pavilion in 1965 for an upcoming book I'm writing. Any information would be helpful.
8/16/2013 - Skip Thompson
Just saw this sight. Our family rented in Wildwater Beach for 10 years in the 50's. We resided in suburban Detroit though my mother had been raised in Somerset. Per google maps it looks like two of the three cottages we rented are still there. What I recall: -attending Mass each Sunday pre-St Mary's in the wooden dance hall over the smell of Saturday nights beer fest (or was is the roller rink) -the Palm Sunday tornado left only the statue on the pole of the new church -As noted in an earlier post.

refuse collector. pounding on the cottage door looking for her weekly fee. Garbage Lady. I recall (must have been 6 or 7) that she was one scary lady -Annual rite of septic tank pump outs, the Wildwater beach diving platform that one family owned, a numerous anchored off-shore rafts -Following my dad on his sunday 9 holes.

when did they add the back nine? He stayed in touch with the owner and pro for many years -Timbers, Perry's, -the many picnics with close friends that owned the big Victorian (Red at the time) on the main corner in M. Beach -MB post office. It was bigger than Somersets which was in the trailer -postman, many of whom were long time family friends of my mothers and/or grand parents -Cherry Point friends now in the fourth generation of ownership of a family cottage. One of those unique places with a boat house.

-Some gas station by the Round Lake/Devil's Lake Bridge whose owner threw the tires he had just repaired off a dock into Round Lake to check to see if he had plugged the hole properly. I still recall Dad what are we looking for???. bubbles son, bubbles!! -the eternal 3 hr wait after lunch to go swimming again. Seemed like 3pm would never arrive -Finally, the Driving Miss Daisy of WWB.

When I saw that film I could not believe it. Yes, this little old lady had this cute log cottage down the road from us, a Morgan Freeman twin, Black Cap and all as well as a Black early 50's 6-window Cadillac Fleetwood. He drove down the road, she sitting in the back. Hours later he would be cutting the lawn, serving her tea on the deck (white coat of course) or outside detailing the Caddy.

Never knew her name or the history.
4/13/2013 - Jody Ackley
I am writing my second book and in the chapter I am currenty editing I have a segment about the Devils Lake Pavilion. It was 1964-1966 and I was a teenagers. What amazing times. We waited each week for Saturday night.

3/20/2013 - Charles Burdette
My name is Chuck Burdette. I was in the house band , The Torquays that played at the pavilion during Mr Greens ownership. large building, huge dance floor, with large stage at one end. Mr Green ran two bands a night. I can remember playing with the Frantics, and even got to play with Bob seger System one night when they were just about to break out with the song Heavy music.

I have so many fond memories of Greens. A biig part of my late 60s and early 70s.
7/15/2012 - Connie LeSage Dorr
Having spent summers on Round Lake throughout the late 50s and 60s, these photos and postings generate fond memories, particularly of Green's Pavilion, the Ski Devils, swimming, roller skating on 'Buddies Night' for half-price, and the row of stores in Manitou Beach. Hi Cheryl.
4/12/2012 - Cheryl Anderson Johnson
I also loved the Pavillion and the house bands were great! My family bought on Geneva Hwy, Round Lake in 1950. I was able to spend all my summers growing up on that wonderful lake. 12 years ago we bought on Hallenbeck a cottage. That cottage was built in 1966 after the orignal was destroyed in the 1965 Palm Sunday tornado. The location of our cottage was right down from the stream that was talked about.

5 years ago we tore that cottage down and have since built a new year round place on the site. What a wonderful life to ski all day. roller skate, dance at Greens!!!!!.

1/29/2012 - ron derossett
i played guitar at green's pavilion in 1967 and 1968 with a band called the 8th edition. we were one of the regular bands that worked for mr. green. we worked many times with a band called the pack who later became grand funk railroad. a great band and a great group of guys.

i moved to phoenix in the fall of 1968 with my parents and two brothers. my dad also helped in building the m. i. s.

working for klump brothers sand and gravel.
1/2/2012 - Jeff Knapp
I hope I got the year correct for the tornado. I had told my parents once when coming home from Grand Rapids that I was taking a way home via round lake, told her I will look for the tree that over hung the lake and I will recognize it and than look for the cottage as it sat on the other side of the road. Old fashion cottage with great homemade quilts and the smell of the wood in the cottage just made it a great life experience. Every time I visit Toledo to see family I want to make time just to drive around the lake and know I will not recognize it much at all, just want to take my wife up that way to show her where I spent some great times of my young life. Does anyone remember the garbage pick up lady owner,,,GARBAGE ANNIE is what I remember.

1/2/2012 - Jeff Knapp
My name is Jeff Knapp, I have fond memories of this lake back in 50 and 60's as we would always have the cottage nearest a farm that MRS SWITZENBERG owned along with the cottage. Spelling of last name may be way off. I was sadden to find out years later the cottage was destroyed by those tornadoes in 1974. My dad was a TOLEDO POLICE OFFICER, and I remember alot of his co-workes would come to the cottage. The fishing was awesome, and remember going to the middle of this lake and you can stand up on this rock bottom.

Round lake is where I learned to water ski. I remember going frogging down the road where there was bend and a small stream to catch frogs. I revisited this area numerous times when I would come home from Grand Rapids Michigan where I resided for almost two years and I loved that state and the rivers and lakes, but now live in a nice state called Pennsylvania. I would move back to Michigan in a blink of an eye.

11/3/2011 - Donald Kittle
Hi, my name is Don Kittle and I grew up at Manitou Beach in the early 60s. I lived on Chestnut street by the church, it was a great place to live. I went to the old pavilon almost every Sat. night, I was there to see the first One burn down, that was a very sad thing to watch. I had a lot of good friends Which I would like to see again someday.

I was still living there when the tornado Hit Devils lake and took a lot of trees and houses, what a mess. Then about 65 I got married And moved away, I still miss the place that is was in the early 60s. You have great web site Please keep it going, Don.

6/25/2011 - Jim Eule
I was raised in manitou beach around 1955. My grandfather, Marvin Cobb, ran the boathouse just down from the grove. I loved growing up around the boathouse. I recently visited the area in 2011 and actually saw the little green schoolhouse that I attended first grade. I can't believe all the fond memories that this visit brought back.

2/24/2011 - david poe
I used to play in a band called the frantics at the block pavilian back in the 60's. I still remember the sound of that awsome p. a. system. places like that just don't excist any more.

just good to think back to the days that I was almost a rock star. we were still playing there, I think, when the tornado hit and took away my home away from home. those were the good ol' days.

2/6/2011 - Peggy Mayer
I was looking to see if the Water Ski group Ski Devils were still active. Devils Lake was a great place to live.
12/26/2010 - richard merrill
I saw Frankie Avalon at the Devils Lake Pavilion in the late 50's. A band played there called the Cymbalas. the singer was Mac Vickery, who went on to some fame as a songwriter in Nashville.
8/6/2007 - Wes Boyd
The old Manitou Beach amusement park -- I remember it well from when I was a kid. There was quite a bit more there than indicated in the postings. There was a merry-go-round that I remember well -- it was there for many, many years, located about in the center of the picture you have marked where the rides were. There were more rides on the far (east) side of the Pavilion. I remember a little, probably about 12 gauge kid''s train that ran on an oval in the area; I rode it many times.

If I recall correctly it was powered by a one-lung lawnmower engine, and resembled a diesel of the postward Electromotive persuasion. I''m not sure if my memory is correct or what, but I seem to recall it was painted for the Santa Fe. I believe there were some other rides in the area at one time or another but have no clear memory of them. There were also several concession booths to the east of the train ride -- the one I remember is a shooting gallery but there were others.

The amusement park slid downhill through the late fifties and early sixties, although some things remained right up until the end -- one of my best friend''s families ran the minature golf course that was located across the road roughly to the southeast of the current Tibbs IGA. This whole area, especially to the southeast of the current grocery store, was a nicely wooded place with lots of old growth trees and picnic tables. I remember a political rally held there in 1964 when then-governor John Swainson gave a real barn-burner of a speech, lambasting the Republicans I presume. I must have been there some time between then and the Palm Sunday tornado in 1965, although I have no particular memory of it.

The tornado gave the whole area a direct hit. Virtually all of the old growth trees went down, along with the second Green''s Lakeside Pavilion and the old hotel, and the area just never recovered to anything like a semblance of what it had been before the disaster. Looking back at from half a century I suppose it was all pretty small, but I had lots of fun there as a little kid and it was a real treat to be taken up to ride the merry go round and the train, visit the shooting gallery, and the like. It was a more innocent time of simpler pleasures, and now gone except in memory.

A few weeks after the tornado I drove by a nearby gravel pit where much of the storm debris had been taken, and it about filled the place. The debris was being burnt and it made me think of the fires of hell. I did not realize at the time that the whole way of life of the lakes I''d grown up with was burning before my eyes, and that things would never be the same.

10/22/2006 - Martha McKie
Old Dance Hall Devil's Lake Pavilion My grandparents lived at Manitou Beach on Devil's Lake, and we spent weekends there throughout my childhood, from the early 60s. The night that the (so-called) Old Dance Hall burned down, our parents woke us very early in the morning, and we walked there. They had already been up for a few hours, and said that the flames had been visible above the trees, as they looked toward the fire, down the shore from our place. What I remember most vividly of the scene when we arrived there was that there was nothing but ashes, and the harp of a piano, remaining on the ground. Before that fire, occasionally on Saturday nights, our parents would walk with us down to the dance hall to see the teenagers dancing, and hear the exotic sounds of electric guitars playing rock-and-roll.

We could watch through large screened windows all around the sides. Also, I and my siblings and cousins remember very well riding on the Merry-Go-Round that was at the top of the hill as you approached the dance hall area. But, this story continues! The Greens, who owned the dance hall, rebuilt a dance place on the same property, and it was very large, and it was built of cinder block. There weren't windows to watch through anymore, and then, as we grandchildren grew nearer to being teenagers ourselves, our grandparents used to say that there were teenager fights at the dance hall, now called Green's Pavilion.

Before two years had passed, the Palm Sunday Tornado of 1965 took the huge cinder block building down!! It was quickly rebuilt, but the dance traffic seemed to die away as the 70s approached, and the Greens sold the building to the Tibbses, who relocated their grocery store to the site of The Old Dance Hall, still now named The Pavilion in it's new grocery store incarnation. I was delighted to see a photograph on your website of Tibb's old store on Elm Street. My grandparents lived across the Boulevard on the next street over, and my cousins, siblings and I trod many dusty barefoot miles, to Tibbs store buying milk, bread, eggs, comic books, Coca Cola, hot-dog buns, all in separate trips of course. commissioned by our Grandma Lois at about 25c a trip!!.

7/13/2005 - Sam A. Marks
Im a little turned around. Was Manitou Beach near what is currently known as The Irish Hills?.
4/19/2003 - WaterWinterWonderland
A recent visit to the area finally revealed the location of the long forgotten amusement park. According to some nice local folks, the IGA pictured here was the dance pavillion for the park, with the rides and attractions surrounding it.
Devils Lake Amusement Park - DANCE HALL
DANCE HALL
Devils Lake Amusement Park - MANITOU BEACH MI GREEN
MANITOU BEACH MI GREEN'S PAVILION
Devils Lake Amusement Park - FROM SWAN TOWER
FROM SWAN TOWER
Devils Lake Amusement Park - DANCE HALL
DANCE HALL
Devils Lake Amusement Park - NEAR THE DIAMOND T RANCH DRIVE-IN
NEAR THE DIAMOND T RANCH DRIVE-IN
Devils Lake Amusement Park - AERIAL PHOTO
AERIAL PHOTO
Devils Lake Amusement Park - STORES
STORES
Devils Lake Amusement Park - CEDAR POINT
CEDAR POINT
Devils Lake Amusement Park - YACHT CLUB
YACHT CLUB
Devils Lake Amusement Park - MANITOU BEACH DEVILS LAKE
MANITOU BEACH DEVILS LAKE
Devils Lake Amusement Park - STORE
STORE
Devils Lake Amusement Park - WHITE SWAN ELECTIC TOWER
WHITE SWAN ELECTIC TOWER
Devils Lake Amusement Park - HOTEL
HOTEL
Devils Lake Amusement Park - WHERE THE RIDES WERE
WHERE THE RIDES WERE
Devils Lake Amusement Park - WHERE THE DANCE PAVILLION WAS
WHERE THE DANCE PAVILLION WAS

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