Ontario Beach Park – #39

In 1921 the City of Rochester owns (but hasn’t yet paid for) 26 acres with 1,746 feet of beach front. In March of 1921 the City bought a block of buildings (see picture) on the south side of Beach Ave. and tore them all down to use as a parking lot. One of those buildings …

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Ontario Beach Park – #38

The amusement park at Ontario Beach is being dismantled in 1920. At the same time the City of Rochester is adding new picnic tables in the area where the Bartholomay’s Cottage Hotel used to be (see picture). Hotel Ontario was remodeled, slightly, as the cupola was removed and by August it was being used as …

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Ontario Beach Park – #37

It is spring of 1920. The City of Rochester owns the western part of the beach where the Bartholomay Cottage Hotel used to be and is using some cottages as bath houses. They also seem to have taken possession of the former amusement park area but evidence is that they have not yet paid the …

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Ontario Beach Park – #36

Nineteen hundred-nineteen would be the last year for the amusement park on the beach. There are many theories as to why the Park closed. Some say that there was lower attendance because of World War I. Others say that cheaper automobiles let people go to other locations. Then there is the theory that the coming …

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