Ye Olde Mill (Second)

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Ye Old Mill
Other Name(s) The Old Mill
Old Mill
Ye Olde Mill
Second Old Mill
Type Water ride
Dark ride
Park Section Midway
Built 1918
Opened 1918
Closed 1937 (park closure)
Vehicle Type Boat

Ye Olde Mill, stylized as Old Mill, The Old Mill, and Ye Old Mill, was a water ride and dark ride installed at Olentangy Park in 1918. A fire destroyed the original building in July 1911, and the ride was rebuilt for the 1918 season[1] further north. It was redecorated in 1930[2] and was a mainstay until the park's final season in 1937. It was common with Old Mill rides around the country to be referred to by some park-goers as "The Tunnel of Love" due to its pitch-black sections allowing couples a chance to cuddle and kiss.[3] This version of the ride ran on new lines, and there were electrically lighted ways throughout the ride where riders encountered weird scenes.[1]

Although the word "Ye" appears and sometimes is pronounced with a "Y" sound, the original pronunciation of the Y-like symbol is a "Th" sound, so "Ye" sounds like "The."


See Also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Lavish Park Plans." The Columbus Sunday Dispatch. 23 September 1917. Pg. 56.
  2. "Play in Sunshine." Columbus Evening Dispatch. 10 May 1930. Pg. 8.
  3. "Variety Club at Olentangy Fiesta." Columbus Evening Dispatch. 26 July 1932. Pg. 8.