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Park and Harbor Streets

 
 
Park and Harbor Streets Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 22, 2014
1. Park and Harbor Streets Marker
Inscription. In the 1890's, Park Street was originally built as a land access to Lake Island Park from Harbor Street. Wilson Harbor was a resort area for people from all over Western New York (especially Buffalo, Rochester, and Niagara Falls) who would arrive by horse and carriage to Lake Island Park. Later in the 1930's, the left fork of the road would take you to a bridge that crossed twelve mile creek to provide access to the golf course on the west side of the creek. The old dance pavilion from Lake Island Park was converted into a clubhouse for the Tuscarora Park Club's golf course and was known to locals as the T-Club. The golf course did not survive the Great Depression. In the late 1940's, a culvert was installed near an area called Millie Cook Cove to provide access to O'Connell Island, where a marina and yacht club were later built. Today, Park Street leads to marinas, yacht clubs, private homes and a restaurant.

The site of Brownie's (across Rt. 18) originally was a small barn, with living quarters upstairs and a meat market with a frozen food locker attached to the rear. On the 1960's, the owner converted the front of this barn from a butcher shop into an ice cream stand, which became the popular summer gathering spot it still is today. The original barn and locker were destroyed by fire and the present building was built on the

Northward View Park and Harbor Streets Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 22, 2014
2. Northward View Park and Harbor Streets Marker
NY Route 18 East. Marker is to the right of the business signs. Brownie's is on the opposite side of NY Route 18.
same site. The name "Brownie's" is derived from the nickname of Francis Brown, father of Nancy (Brown) Rohring, who, along with her husband David, are the current proprietors (2012). Tuscarora Park Club House. Wilson Frozen Food Locker (now Brownie's) circa 1950's. ~ as told by C. F. Horton
 
Location. 43° 18.739′ N, 78° 49.956′ W. Marker is in Wilson, New York, in Niagara County. Marker is at the intersection of Harbor Street (New York State Route 18) and Park Street, on the left when traveling north on Harbor Street. Click for map. Marker faces the Park Street sidewalk and is adjacent to a multiplex of signs for businesses on Park Street. Marker is in this post office area: Wilson NY 14172, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Greenwood Veterans' Memorial Park (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Vietnam Memorial in Memory of 1st Lt. Michael E. Witkop (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Solemn Tribute to the Men and Women of Wilson who Served (approx. 0.2 miles away); Greenwood Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Corner of Pettit and Bay Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lake Island Park, Wintergreen Island, Tugwell Island & Clark Island
Southward View Park and Harbor Streets Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 22, 2014
3. Southward View Park and Harbor Streets Marker
Back side of marker. NY Route 18 west.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Port of Entry Marker and Wilson Boat House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pettit Street and Chestnut Street (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wilson.
 
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Park and Harbor Streets Marker with Business Signs image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 22, 2014
4. Park and Harbor Streets Marker with Business Signs
The marker is between and behind the business signs and the post for the street signs.
Back Side of Park and Harbor Streets Marker and Business Signs image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 22, 2014
5. Back Side of Park and Harbor Streets Marker and Business Signs
NY Route 18 west
Park and Harbor Streets Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 22, 2014
6. Park and Harbor Streets Marker
View towards Brownie's on Harbor Street.
Brownie's image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 22, 2014
7. Brownie's
Brownie's image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 10, 2014
8. Brownie's
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 176 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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