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Rochester in Monroe County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Resort Area

 
 
Resort Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 31, 2015
1. Resort Area Marker
Inscription. Charlotte was not only an important commercial port, but it was also a renowned recreational area. Three railroads and an electric trolley brought countless passengers to the lakeshore. People came from as far away as Pittsburgh and Oswego.
Hotels along River Street catered to the river and boat trade, but many people preferred to stay at the lakeshore. Hotels sprang up where the river met the lake, from Marty McIntyre's 1850's driftwood establishment to the more ornate Spencer House, built in the 1870's by Captain John Burns.
When the railroad extended its tracks to the present beach in the 1880's, a loop went right into Ontario Beach Park and visitors could stay at the luxurious Hotel Ontario or the Bartholomay Hotel and cottages. Charlotte villagers could purchase a ticket that cost 2 cents, including the entrance fee to the grounds, but if they went in electric cars or walked, the admission ticket cost 10 cents.
In this heyday of public transportation, Charlotte became known as the "Coney Island of Western New York." Daily attendance at the park would sometimes exceed 20,000 people. Amusements included a roller coaster, a carousel, high-wire and animal acts, band concerts, a variety of restaurants, a German pavilion and a Japanese garden.
In the early 20th century, numerous attraction and hotel fires hastened the decline
Foot of Stutson Street image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 31, 2015
2. Foot of Stutson Street
Marker is the second at the left on the fence.
of the park, as did the advent of the automobile. Cars provided more freedom of movement and people began traveling to farther destinations. But the sights, sounds and activity of its waterfront have continued to make Charlotte a popular destination.
 
Location. 43° 14.969′ N, 77° 36.714′ W. Marker is in Rochester, New York, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of Stutson Street and River Street, on the left when traveling east on Stutson Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rochester NY 14612, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lighthouses (here, next to this marker); War of 1812 (here, next to this marker); Port of the Genesee, New York (here, next to this marker); Irondequoit and its Waterfront (here, next to this marker); Stutson Street Bridge (here, next to this marker); Champion of the Genesee River / A Beacon of Knowledge (here, next to this marker); The Village of Charlotte (a few steps from this marker); Boat Building (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rochester.
 
More about this marker. Charlotte is a neighborhood of the City of Rochester.
 
Categories. Entertainment
 
Northward - River Street image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 31, 2015
3. Northward - River Street
Marker is the center one on the fence. Genesee River at right.
<i>Entrance to Ontario Beach Park, Port of Rochester, N.Y.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1928
4. Entrance to Ontario Beach Park, Port of Rochester, N.Y.
<i>Scenic Railway, Ontario Beach Park, N.Y.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1910
5. Scenic Railway, Ontario Beach Park, N.Y.
<i>Band Stand, Ontario Beach Park, Port of Rochester, N.Y.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1928
6. Band Stand, Ontario Beach Park, Port of Rochester, N.Y.
<i>Out-of-Door Vaudeville Performance, Ontario Beach. Rochester, N.Y.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1910
7. Out-of-Door Vaudeville Performance, Ontario Beach. Rochester, N.Y.
<i>Boardwalk, Ontario Beach Park, Rochester, N.Y.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1915
8. Boardwalk, Ontario Beach Park, Rochester, N.Y.
<i>Ontario Beach Park, Port of Rochester, N.Y.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1928
9. Ontario Beach Park, Port of Rochester, N.Y.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 228 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 6, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on November 8, 2015.
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