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CELORON'S PARK HISTORY

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1874 James Prendergast purchased 67 acres of land at a point on the southeastern end of Chautauqua Lake, adjacent to Burtis Bay, soon to be renamed Prendergast Point
1879 James Prendergast dies intestate
1880 Alexander T. Prendergast, son of James, deeds the property to his wife Mary
1891 The sale of the property called Prendergast Point from the estate of Mary A. Prendergast, to a group of businessmen known as Lindsay and Lindsay, who renamed the area Celoron, after the French explorer, and formed the Celoron Land Company
1893 The Celoron Land Company and the Jamestown Street Railway Company join to form the Celoron Amusement Company and name Almet N. Broadhead, President
1894 Almet N. Broadhead, President of the Celoron Amusement Company opens, the new resort for the first time. At its Grand Opening the new park was called “THE PEOPLE’S PARK AT CELORON”
GROWTH OF THE PARK
The early growth and its long-term access can be attributed to the early years' dedication of three men: Almet N. Broadhead, President; George Maltby, Supervisor; and Jules Delmar, Manager.

President A. N. Broadhead was guided by, and maintained in the operation of Celoron Park the three (3) following principles:
1 Never compromise nor lower the standards that would diminish the integrity of the park - - the park is for the people and they expect a respectable musement
2 Be prepared for change and addition - - provide a reason for people to return time after time
3 Create an open-air picnic area; allow for a holiday atmospere for the pleasure seakers

Prior to its opening the Jamestown newspaper carried the following article:

“The Grand Opening to Take Place. A playground for Jamestown and all creation. It will have all the wonders of electricity and this giant toboggan slides, magic, mirth and soft drinks on tap, shows every thirty minutes. President A. N. Broadhead of the Celoron Amusement Company has returned from Tidewater where he purchased a huge searchlight, let contracts and studied ways of entertaining the great people of Atlantic City, Coney Island and other of the many headed throngs. All his plans are not unfolded, he is confident of making a joyous season at Chautauqua’s chief amusement point. All points on the lake and numerous excursions will be contribute to make Celoron the liveliest place in Western New York. Unlike many popular resorts, however, this one will be entirely free from objectionable features, so that there will be harmless amusement for all.”

At the Park’s opening, things were spectacular. People were in search of entertainment and Celoron Park provided that as well as opportunities for the entire family. The construction of four (4) major hotels and as many as fifteen (15) additional smaller rooming houses provided rooms for those who traveled a distance. The combination of local and national athletic events on the baseball grounds, the top rated amusement rides of the day, the best quality musical and vaudeville performers brought the people to Celoron. The best facilities, the best attractions, the bathhouse and bathing beach, and family picnic areas made Celoron Park the top amusement park between New York City and Chicago.

THE LIFE OF CELORON PARK
1 The years in which the park grew and prospered.  The years from its opening until about the beginning of World War II and the years I call the "Heydays".
2 The years starting with the beginning of World War II and ending with the Park's closing in 1962 are the years I call the "Decline".

Without question each of these large time spans can be and are, divided into smaller time periods and are defined by events and/or activities of the period. To acquire a more complete view of the Village of Celoron and the growth of Celoron Park, visit the Fenton Historical Society, Jamestown, N. Y. and the Celoron Historical Society, Celoron N.Y.

Also read “Celoron Park on Chautauqua Lake” by Thomas J. Goodwill or the soon-to-be-in Print book, “The Great Celoron Park by John M. Keeney

The years of success of the Park (1894-1962), were not just due to the principles of its first President A. N. Broadhead. The park had the most grand structures, the most modern and exciting amusements; they had under contract the best entertainment and provided the most varied list of activities.