Mystic Castle

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Mystic Castle
Other Name(s) Castle Mystic
Type Funhouse
Park Section Midway
Built 1904
Opened 1904
Closed 1906
Architect J. W. Zarro
Number of Stories 1

The Mystic Castle or Castle Mystic[1] was a funhouse attraction south of the first Old Mill next to the Laughing Gallery at Olentangy Park. Built in 1904,[2] it was described in the Columbus Sunday Dispatch as "full of mirth and mystery."[3]

This attraction had the endless tunnel, the haunted swing, the rocky pass, the collapsable platform, the grotto, Kelly's slide, Jacob's ladder, the fountain of youth, the observatory, the magic mirror, the drunkard's pathway, Dooley's art gallery, the mysterious elevator, and other features. It was constructed under the personal supervision of J. W. Zarro of Cincinnati and his Zarro Amusement Device Company.[4][5]

The attraction was in the area of the second Dancing Pavillion, so the attraction most likely closed in 1906.[6]



  1. Barret, Richard E. "Olentangy Park: Four Decades of Fun." Columbus and Central Ohio Historian. Vol. 1. April 1984. Pg. 11.
  2. "Olentangy Park, Theater and Zoological Garden." Columbus Evening Dispatch. 1 May 1904. Pg. 29.
  3. "Grand Opening Olentangy Park, Theater and Zoo." The Columbus Sunday Dispatch. 24 April 1904. Pg. 4.
  4. "Olentangy Park, a Coney Island Rival" The Columbus Sunday Dispatch. 1 May 1904. Pg. 4.
  5. The Billboard. 23 April 1904. Vol. 16. Issue 17. Pg. 8.
  6. Barrett, Richard E.. Columbus, Ohio: 1898-1950 in Vintage Postcards. Postcard Image. United States: Arcadia, 2002.