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Enchanted Forest was a small, enchanting amusement park in Porter that operated from 1957 to 1991 at U.S. 20 and Ind. 49.

An aerial photo of the amusement park on the NWI History Facebook page has proven wildly popular. As of this writing, it has received more than 1,700 likes and 2,531 shares.

Even more rewarding are the hundreds of comments from people who remember the park well.

“I worked there summer of 1975. First job out of high school,” one of my friends wrote on Facebook. “They paid me a whopping $1.80 per hour working in the Skee Ball building.”

Most of the commenters were visitors, not employees.

“We were given the admission price to Enchanted Forest, which I think was $2, and asked if we wanted to go there, which included all the rides or take that same $2 to the LaPorte County Fair and pay for each individual ride,” one commenter said. “We always chose Enchanted Forest!”

The Tilt-A-Whirl was popular with those who wanted to go out for a spin — literally.

The ski lift was fun, too, one of my co-workers said when I mentioned what I’m writing about today.

Commenters said the large Indian statue that once stood at the entrance to the park now is in front of a store in Toto, Indiana.

The Mad Mouse ride was the ultimate in roller coasters for a child back in the day. A Wikipedia post on the amusement park said that rides went to a Little Amerricka, a Marshall, Wisconsin, amusement park that opened in 1991, the same year Enchanted Forest closed.

After Enchanted Forest closed, the Splash Down Dunes Waterpark opened at the site. It eventually closed. Seven Peaks Waterpark now stands at the site.

What are your memories of that amusement park?

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Politics/History Editor Doug Ross can be reached at (219) 548-4360 or (219) 933-3357 or Follow him at and on Twitter @nwi_DougRoss. The opinions are the writer’s.


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Senior reporter Doug Ross, an award-winning writer, has been covering Northwest Indiana for more than 35 years, including more than a quarter of a century at The Times.