There's a great chance you have no idea what Geauga Lake is or was. But as a native of Northeast Ohio, I can tell you it was a summer getaway for plenty of middle-class families. During the 1990s, Geauga Lake was our local amusement park, with rides like The Corkscrew, The Big Dipper and The Carousel; a water park; and just across a small lake, you could watch killer whales at SeaWorld Ohio. One year my dad's company held its annual picnic there, and I fondly remember wolfing down greasy French fries, destroying my cervical vertebrae in a bumper car, and getting stuck at the bottom of The Rotor for 10 minutes.
Eventually, the park transferred hands, nostalgic attractions were stripped away, and everything closed but the waterpark by 2008. It was a microcosm of so many economic problems that plague the region.