Ontario Beach Park – #43

In 1932 the lighthouse at the end of the Charlotte pier was dismantled. In its place was a steel skeleton tower 50 feet tall with a 12 x 12 foot room and observation tower. There still is a lighthouse keeper that lives in the building next to the old stone lighthouse but he no longer …

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Ontario Beach Park – #42

Here are three pictures from 1931 when the new bath house opened. The first picture is an old postcard that shows what an aerial view would look like. It is a drawing and may have been taken from an architectural view. This postcard is even postmarked in 1931. The second picture just shows the main …

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Ontario Beach Park – #41

In early 1929 Lake Avenue from Stutson Street to Beach Avenue was closed to be widened and paved. So when the temperature hit 92 degrees on May 30th, people had to drive down Dewey Avenue to get to the beach. The water of the lake was too cold for bathing but estimates were that 35,000 …

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Ontario Beach Park – #40

It appears that Hotel Ontario sat empty in 1925 as the City couldn’t find anyone to lease it. So it was no surprise that in Feb. 1926 that it was announced that the old Hotel would be torn down. It had been built 1884 before there were any other amusements. A new smaller building would …

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