Ontario Beach Park – #15

On Sunday, May 17th, 1903 the Monroe County Sheriff prevented a baseball game at the beach between Rochester Bronchos and a team from Jersey City. It was illegal to play any sports on Sunday. You know what happened the rest of the season? The baseball games went on as scheduled. I mentioned in the last …

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Ontario Beach Park – #14

For a week beginning Aug. 4, 1902 the Elk’s club of Rochester sponsored a carnival at Ontario Beach Park. The Bostock-Ferari circus and shows came in about 25 railroad cars with 350 people and 200 wild and domestic animals. Frank C. Bostock ran the wild animal tent. That had shows with lions, tigers, leopards, bears, …

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Ontario Beach Park – #13

The map of the Ontario Beach area came from a 1902 Monroe County Plat Book by J. M. Lathrop & Co. of Philadelphia. I noticed that the Scenic Railway is not on the map. It would have been along the Genesee River between the beach and the Harris Pavilion. Notice also the smaller hotels that …

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Ontario Beach Park – #12

In 1901 there was a large addition to the Park. It was a Scenic Railway by L. A. Thompson. Thompson was formerly known for his switchback railroads which were coasters where the people sat on benches and faced off to one side. The Scenic Railway was much larger and had cars like many coasters today. …

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