History

Throwback Thursday: Rose Island

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1926 photo of the Steamer American unloading her passengers at the Rose Island entrance. Rose Island was a park and entertainment center for thousands of people over the years, usually reached by ferryboat. It had a hotel, dance pavilion, merry-go-round, and a swimming pool. For more about Rose Island history, be sure to check out the Guided History Tour offered this Saturday by the Charlestown State Park. The tour begins at 2:00 pm.

 

“Join us for a Guided Tour of Rose Island, site of the Former Summer Resort. A popular destination from 1880 to 1937, little remains of the site today. Follow along as our interpreters share stories of the past. The Rose Island trail is .9mile in length, but the hill to and from is very steep. Transportation is avaliable to and from Rose Island for those unable to walk the hill. Tour typically last 2 hours.”

Photo courtesy of the Indiana Memory Digital Collections. You can view more historical photos like this online through the Jeffersonville Township or Charlestown Clark County Public Libraries.

 

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