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Lake Island Park, Wintergreen Island, Tugwell Island & Clark Island

 
 
Lake Island Park, Wintergreen Island, Tugwell Island & Clark Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 14, 2014
1. Lake Island Park, Wintergreen Island, Tugwell Island & Clark Island Marker
Inscription. Lake Island Park, established in the 1890's, was a popular tourist destination for those from Western New York, Rochester and the Toronto area. It originally consisted of a broad area around this site, including what is now the Tuscarora Yacht Club. The yacht club is located on what is now known as Clark Island. In the 1960's, when Floyd "Red" Clark purchased this property, he had the higher portion of this property leveled off to increase the island's size and to make it more conducive for marina use. Prior to this period, it was called Tugwell Island and, before that (during the Lake Island Park era), it was known as Wintergreen Island.

Lake Island Park also included a large portion of the eastern end of Sunset Island and all of the mainland property now owned by the Clark family. The Clark family home now sits on the site of the old dance pavilion, which later was converted into the clubhouse for the Tuscarora Golf Course. In addition to this pavilion, the park contained refreshment stands, a baseball diamond and an outdoor theater where plays were presented. There was also a steam powered merry-go-round and a toboggan water slide, in addition to a large cottage where guests could spend the night.

The current Tuscarora Yacht Club now encompasses all of Clark Island plus considerable adjacent shore dockage.

~ as told

Clark Is. Stone Sign, Marker, Yacht Club Driveway and End of Sidewalk image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 14, 2014
2. Clark Is. Stone Sign, Marker, Yacht Club Driveway and End of Sidewalk
by C. F. Horton

Lake Island Park, circa early 1900's - Water Slide & Dance Pavilion with many guests.

The Tugwell Cottage, circa 1920 ~ Note footbridge where vehicle bridge is today. The cottage to the left was part of Lake Island Park.

Clark Island under construction in the 1960's ~ Note the old foot bridge from Tugwell's Cottage and baseball diamond from Lake Island Park
 
Location. 43° 18.837′ N, 78° 50.148′ W. Marker is in Wilson, New York, in Niagara County. Marker can be reached from Shore Drive 0.2 miles north of Park Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker faces the sidewalk end, not the road. Approaching on the road northward, the marker and sidewalk end are hidden by a hedgerow. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5 Shore Drive, 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 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Vietnam Memorial in Memory of 1st Lt. Michael E. Witkop (about 700 feet away); A Solemn Tribute to the Men and Women of Wilson who Served (about 700 feet away); O'Connell Island (approx. 0.2 miles away); Park and Harbor Streets

Marker, Shore Drive, Yacht Club Driveway and Clark Is. Stone Sign image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 14, 2014
3. Marker, Shore Drive, Yacht Club Driveway and Clark Is. Stone Sign
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Port of Entry Marker and Wilson Boat House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wilson Harbor (approx. mile away); Greenwood Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilson.
 
Also see . . .  Tuscarora Yacht Club. (Submitted on July 1, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
Categories. EntertainmentMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
Northward Approach. Marker and Sidewalk Hidden by Hedgerow image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 14, 2014
4. Northward Approach. Marker and Sidewalk Hidden by Hedgerow
Shore Drive (loop).
Bridge, Clark Island, Wilson Harbor image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 14, 2014
5. Bridge, Clark Island, Wilson Harbor
Left view from club parking/service lot.
Clark Island Tuscarora Yacht Club image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 14, 2014
6. Clark Island Tuscarora Yacht Club
Right view from club parking/service lot.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 1, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 215 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 1, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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