Creation or The Great Hereafter

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Creation or The Great Hereafter
Other Name(s) The Hereafter
Type Exhibition
Park Section Unknown
Built 1906
Opened 1906
Closed 1906

An "amusement device" called "Creation or The Great Hereafter"[1] that opened at Olentangy Park in 1906.[2][3]

The production opened at the nearby Columbus Zoological Garden in 1905 and was described as having "many novel features in illusion, magic, and black art."[1] It was described as being similar to the one produced at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition and had "great scenic and mechanical effects and [carried] a company of 50 people."[3]

Similarly named attractions at Atheltic Park[4] depicted Heaven and Hell and at Dreamland was an electric opera that showed the destruction of the world by fire and "the Biblical epic, using a chorus of 200 singers, showed the Damnation of Faust and the Salvation of Marguerite in detail."[5] Similar attractions at other parks were towering 3-5 stories high. However, Olentangy Park's version was likely 1-2 stories with an elaborate front entrance.

It most likely only operated for one season.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Opening of Zoo." The Columbus Sunday Dispatch. 7 May 1905. Pg. 6.
  2. "Olentangy Park Opens on April 29." Columbus Evening Dispatch. 15 April 1906. Pg. 7.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "The Columbus Zoo." The Columbus Sunday Dispatch. 21 May 1905. Pg. 7.
  4. Stanton, Jeffrey. "Athletic Park, Luna Park, Carnival Court Park - Buffalo N.Y. 1904 - 1918." National Amusement Park Historical Association. Accessed 29 July 2022.
  5. Stanton, Jeffrey. "Coney Island - Dreamland." Westland Network. Revised 6 April 1998. Accessed 29 July 2022.