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Near Syracuse in Onondaga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Resort Era

 
 
The Resort Era Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, January 12, 2020
1. The Resort Era Marker
Inscription.  
Onondaga Lake was once the "Coney Island” of Central New York, with a number of resorts and amusement parks established along the western shore from 1875 through 1920.

The Maple Bay Hotel, with a beach, large dancing pavilion, and vaudeville theater that could seat 2,500, was known as "the king of all summer resorts."

Rockaway Beach was geared toward sportsmen, catering to duck hunters and ice boaters. Menu specialties included whitefish, samphire (an indigenous salt marsh plant resembling asparagus), and duck shot by owner Joseph Hecker and his son.

White City Amusement Park, illuminated by over 25,000 electric lights, flourished from 1906 until 1915. The famous "Shoot the Chutes” water ride carried guests in a hollowed out boat into a man-made lagoon.

The last remaining resorts, Pleasant Beach and Rockaway, were demolished in the mid-1950's to build the new Route 690. Today, the nearby Route 690 passes over the rubble of the Rockaway, whose toppled concrete pillars near the shoreline and crumbled pier on the lake bottom are the only remaining evidence of this unique resort.
 
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This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1875.
 
Location. 43° 6.99′ N, 76° 14.689′ W. Marker is near Syracuse, New York, in Onondaga County. Marker is on Long Branch Road, 0.8 miles east of John Glenn Blvd., on the right when traveling east. Marker is near the end of the parking lot on the foot trail and is several yards away from the road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Syracuse NY 13209, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Onondaga Lake Milestones (a few steps from this marker); Lakeland World War II Monument (approx. 1.8 miles away); Liverpool Lamp Post (approx. 2 miles away); Lucius Gleason House (approx. 2 miles away); Founded 1820 (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Salt Museum's Chimney (approx. 2.2 miles away); Salt Potatoes (approx. 2.2 miles away); A Changing History (approx. 2.2 miles away).
 
The Resort Era Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel
2. The Resort Era Marker
View from the Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel
3. View from the Marker
A familiar site on the NY Thruway
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 12, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 295 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 12, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.   2. submitted on January 13, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.   3. submitted on January 14, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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