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Fun Fact about Syracuse/Onondaga County …. did you know …..

… that in 1882, Ben and George Maurer purchased land and developed Long Branch Amusement Park. Named for its famed chestnut trees, this park offered various attractions that were family oriented including picnic areas, baseball games, playgrounds, skating parties and fireworks for the 4th of July. For the sportsman, the park offered ice boating, row boating, bowling alleys, a billiards room and a shooting gallery. Other features of the park included a dance pavilion, a restaurant, an arcade and various amusement rides including a carousel. In fact, the carousel was brought to Long Branch Park around 1926 where it remained for the next 15 years, even after the park closed in 1938. Roseland Park, an amusement park in Canandaigua, NY purchased the carousel in 1941, and held on to it for 43 years. The Pyramid Company later purchased it at an auction and restored it to its original look. The carousel is now the centerpiece of the Carousel Center shopping mall where people can still take a ride on it and enjoy its splendor.

Attached, please find this week’s edition of the Friday Facts. For details on any of these events or others down the road, take a gander at our website at www.VisitSyracuse.org.

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Posted: Friday, August 6th, 2010 @ 7:23 am by Curt
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