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Curtain goes down on Ponderosa Park

May 8, 2010

SALEM - Ponderosa Park, a once-famous stop on the country music tour and campground, is closed.

Employees were advised on Wednesday by the California owners, Resorts Management Inc.

Four employees will lose their jobs and about 70 campers on the property were advised to vacate the premises by June 15.

Some campers who spend six to seven months a year at the park are hard pressed to find another place to go, a former employee said Friday.

Ponderosa Park is located five miles north of Salem at 9362 Salem-Warren Road (state Route 45).

The campgrounds has 962 deed liens against it, three Internal Revenue Service liens, four mechanic's liens and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources are investigating the business.

Much of the equipment and other resources are being removed by the company.

"They're stripping everything in that park right now," the former employee said.

The campgrounds sold individual recreation vehicle plots to campers and ran into trouble regarding that in the late 1980's.

The last time the music side had major country recording stars on its stage was in the summer of 2004 when Tanya Tucker, Jerry Reed, Jan Howard and Stonewall Jackson and Pam Tillis appeared.

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