Ontario Beach Park – #17

1905 was a big year for Ontario Beach Park. They added many attractions. The largest new ride was the Circle Swing that replaced the pony track which had been moved outside the Park fence. The Swing was 85 feet high and had six cars that held people as it turned around. Those cars would end …

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Ontario Beach Park – #16

I couldn’t find very much of happenings at Ontario Beach Park in 1904. There was the ad on right from June 23rd. That mentions the band and the weekly fireworks. There weren’t any good articles mentioning rides and nothing that told what was in the Auditorium. The season started with a tragedy. George Reiss a …

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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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