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  • Feb. 17, 2012: Andi Foster, front Daniel Perry, middle, and Chris Krainer, all of Van Wert, enjoyed the Pokagon State Park toboggan run. (File)

  • Aug. 27, 1998: Work on the toboggan run at Pokagon State Park included replacing some of the cement track. (File)

  • Aug. 27, 1998: A section of the toboggan run at Pokagon State Park was redone. (File)

  • Aug. 27, 1998: Earl Thompson solders the copper pipes are used to keep the toboggan run at Pokagon frozen. (File)

  • 1986: A group heads down the 90-foot toboggan run at Pokagon State Park.

  • Feb. 17, 2012: Dozens wait to ride the toboggan run. The tower is 30-feet tall.

  • Dec. 26, 1995: Wyatt Roth, left, watches people on the toboggan run as he and others wait to take their turn. (File)

  • Feb. 17, 2012: Warmer temperatures don't mean the track isn't frozen at the Pokagon State Park toboggan run.

  • Dec. 19, 2005: A group climbs the stairs with toboggans for their turn. (File)

  • Jan. 3, 2007: Kids enjoy the tobaggan run at Pokagon State Park with the sun low in the sky. (File)

  • Feb. 19, 2012: Justin May, front, Andrew Kantner, middle, and Peggy O'Connell, drove up from Fishers to take a run at Pokagon State Park. (File)

  • Dec. 19, 2005: People climb to the tower as others take their turn down the toboggan run. (File)

  • Dec. 1, 2007: A speed display on the toboggan run at Pokagon State Park tells riders how fast their run was. (File)

  • Dec. 30, 2010: Chad Buzard of Delphos, Ohio, front, and Dennis Ostendorf of Rockford, Illinios, go down the toboggan run. (File)

  • Nov. 23, 2006: Sam Boggs, Pokagon State Park assistant manager, pours water over a section of the park's toboggan run to thicken the ice. An air pocket in the refrigeration system wouldn't allow water on a section of the track to freeze.  (File)

  • Dec. 27, 2013: Cory and Sarah Hooley and their son Judah, then 1, slide down the toboggan run at Pokagon State Park. (File)

  • Dec. 20, 2016: Kelly Bahr of South Bend watches toboggan riders glide down the hill as she and her friends wait on their toboggan rental to become available. (File)

  • This postcard celebrating the history of the toboggan run at Pokagon State Park is available to riders through Jan. 1, while supplies last. (Courtesy Steuben County Tourism Bureau) 

Thursday, December 20, 2018 10:30 am

Throwback Thursday: Toboggan run at Pokagon marking 80th anniversary

COREY MCMAKEN | The Journal Gazette

The toboggan run at Pokagon State Park is marking its 80th anniversary. 

The slide was built in 1935 when the Civilian Conservation Corps Co. 556 built a curved toboggan run for its own fun, according to its website, The following year, the track was straightened. A 20-foot tower was added in 1938 and a second track in 1940. The track was refrigerated in 1971 and the current track and tower were added in 1974. The track has been updated several times since. The toboggan run, which has a vertical drop of 90-feet over a quarter-mile course, has about 90,000 riders a season, the website says.

Friday through Jan. 1, each toboggan to travel down the slope will get a commemorative postcard from the Steuben County Tourism Bureau while supplies last, according to a news release from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Toboggan rental is $13 an hour and each holds up to four riders. Admission to the park, 450 Lane 11 Lake James in Angola, is $7 for in-state vehicles, $9 for out-of-state vehicles or $2 a person in a bus or commercial van. For more information and special hours during winter break, go to This season continues through Feb. 24.

Included here are some photos of the toboggan run from The Journal Gazette archive.