Rochester's Lakeside Resorts and Amusement Parks
Donovan A. Shilling

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ISBN Number: 0738501638
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June 1999
Arcadia Publishing

The period from 1884 to 1926 was the heyday of the trolley lines, the height of steam travel, and the peak of interest in the "back to nature" movement. It was a time for spiritual renewal, when society was encouraged to enjoy family activities in the fresh air. Resorts served as an escape from summer's oppressive heat and offered a world of fun, fantasy and fishing - a world far removed from the toil of the shop, the chores of the farm, or the everyday drudgery demanded by a labour intensive, pre-electric society.

Rochester's Lake Resorts and Amusement Parks documents in over 200 photographs the development, dates, locations and attractions that were a unique part of the rich history of each resort. Offering a window into yesterday, this book reveals many unusual facts about the area and features the fascinating characters who owned and operated the impressive hotels, boats, trolley lines, and amusement concessions.

In this collection written and compiled by local historian Donovan A. Shilling, readers will gain a deeper understanding of the appeal of the resorts, entertainment and excursions that enticed yesterday's generation to the tinsel meccas on Lake Ontario's golden shore. His tribute to Rochester's colourful past will delight residents and visitors for generations to come.

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