Today, we’re exploring one popular Ohio tourist destination. Its long history includes a rags to riches immigrant turned entrepreneur. It includes an international bootlegging scheme during the heady times of Prohibition. And lastly, it includes one historic structure, that stands yet today, a home for lonely spirits known all to well by staff and hotel guests alike.
Few of Port Clinton’s tourists, clad in flipflops and bathing suits, have any idea of the history of the ground their treading. The soil beneath their feet holds memories of a past not so far removed, some of it only 100 years ago. The 1920’s, a period now mostly recalled with fondness. A time of roaring wealth, prosperity and frivolous parties. The Great War was over, jobs were plentiful, and women’s hemlines were riding up along with stock market futures. All this unbridled decadence was sure to run into a hard limit at some point, right?
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The haunted Island House Hotel, Port Clinton, Ohio. Photo Credit: Chamber Organizer