422 West Sandusky Street Findlay, Ohio

Riverside Park

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If you wanted to dance in Findlay, you headed out to Riverside Park. A dance pavilion located in the center of the park was constructed in 1907.  Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Davis ran the two-story building, and Mrs. Davis was the dance instructor. On June 27, 1907, the pavilion opened with Professor Wineland’s orchestra providing the music.

By the mid-1920s, the City of Findlay began to think about building a more up-to-date dance pavilion at Riverside Park. The old dance pavilion was condemned by the state, when it was discovered that the frame supports were rotting. The city purchased the old ice house property from Kranz Brewery owner William Altmeyer, and began building the Green Mill. The building was opened on June 11, 1925.

The Green Mill hosted many famous orchestras and bands over the years, such as Guy Lombardo, Woody Herman, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, the Glenn Miller Group, and Count Basie. Eventually the building turned into a roller skating rink. In 1977, it was discovered that the building was structurally unsound, and the building was torn down.


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