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Location DB > United States > New York > North Hudson > Frontier Town
Frontier Town
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created by Samurai on 1/22/2004 8:54 AM
last modified by elegant on 1/11/2014 9:28 PM
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Several old buildings; a "town" of sorts, the gift shop / Mcdonalds, the Pony express, a rodeo, very much fun. Also an old sawmill setup with a large steam engine, very interesting.
 Basic Information
Type: Closed Amusement Park
Status: Closed
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: tax auctioned, everything gone.
 Physical Information
Boreas Road
North Hudson, New York
United States
Owner: Essex County (tax seizure)
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  •  Hazards
  • unsafe flooring
  • Beware of any collapsed portions, as nails are pretty painful in your feet.
  •  Interesting Features
    This place is a leftover from the golden age of the roadside attraction. Frontier Town opened in 1952, in a time before Northern NY had an interstate highway. Originally, the park relied on US Route 9 to bring carloads of tourists in. In 1967, when Interstate 87 opened above Lake George NY (christened the Northway), the park thrived on the tourists traveling the new interstate highways. This place is like stepping back into that dream. It's very quiet, but in the background, the Interstate never stops humming. It's worth a stroll around.

    New item; After Duke's Sat/ Sun trip, I'll be revealing a suprise Bizzy and I didn't know about or discover at F Town; no I'm not telling yet! I'm going to do a bunch of digital, and for the sake of creativity will shoot the first rolls of B and W film for me in over 15 years (and some color, of which I will splurge on Provia or something high Q).
    I'm submitting my photos to Adirondack life Magazine.

    I'll unleash my unexpected suprise on Monday!
     Security Measures
  • wooden boarding
  • Do not open the door with the bars on it!
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1952
    Closed: 1994
     Required Equipment
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    camera and imagination
    During the golden age of small amusement parks, thousands came to the carefully crafted theme park, Frontier Town. Opened in 1952, the Adirondack attraction provided local seasonal employment and supported related service industries such as motels, gas stations, and restaurants. Frontier Town was a link in a chain of small theme parks that drew families to the area. By the 1990's, the historically based attraction included authentic industries from North Hudson's past, such as Roth's Forge and sawmill, as a part of its display

    in the mid 1990's, the park closed for good. Locals say that the owner simply went bankrupt. It sits dormant on the side of Interstate, weathering Adirondack winter after Adirondack wibter, In a few years, if this place isn't revived, it will be nothing more than a set of collapsed buildings.

    In the area, this place has the dubious distinction of having the only McDonalds franchise to ever close for lack of business! (not totaly true, in canada the ville st laurent the mcdonalds on laurentien boulevard closed from lack of business ofter 4 years, as did the one in montreal on cote st luc road)

    The property will be up for sale for tax auction on October 21st.
    It's too bad really, because it will go to a developer no doubt and it will become commercial property (although Cabelas would be great for the Schoon/ North Hudson community. I (Duke's ) will be going there this weekend to photograph every inch of this place this weekend, including the interior of the Mcdonalds/ gift shop for posterity.

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     Future Plans
    Tax sale October 21st; I'm placing a 100 dollar bid;
    Highly probable rumor: Cabela's may be bidding on the Frontier town location!
    Auction day!
    Sun, Oct 10th, 2004
    posted by 'Dukes

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     Photo Galleries
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    frontier town 4-28-04
    Fri, Apr 30th, 2004
    posted by elegant
    8 pictures
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    First Frontier town Visit
    Sun, May 9th, 2004
    posted by Bizzybear
    16 pictures
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    Second Visit
    Mon, May 10th, 2004
    posted by Bizzybear
    18 pictures
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    Sat, May 15th, 2004
    posted by 'Dukes
    7 pictures
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    Sept 9th and 10th auction day for physical assets!
    Sun, Oct 10th, 2004
    posted by 'Dukes
    71 pictures
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    Samurai's Crappy Quickies
    Tue, Aug 1st, 2006
    posted by Samurai
    7 pictures
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    Early inthe Morning
    Sun, Jun 29th, 2008
    posted by emck00
    10 pictures
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    Strip of Desolation
    Tue, Apr 29th, 2014
    posted by puddlejumper12
    7 pictures
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    Frontier Town 6/2013
    Fri, Dec 19th, 2014
    posted by KD20
    24 pictures
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    7 Flags
    Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
    posted by homestead
    9 pictures

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    Photography 9 / 10
    Coolness 9 / 10
    Content Quality 8 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Mike Dijital on 7/13/2015 4:53 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jul 13 15 at 16:53, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Jul 13 15 at 12:49, homestead added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jul 13 15 at 12:43, homestead added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jul 13 15 at 12:41, homestead updated gallery 7 Flags
  • on Jul 13 15 at 12:40, homestead created a new gallery
  • on May 1 15 at 21:09, Astro validated this location
  • on Apr 30 15 at 19:50, Samurai made this location public
  • on Dec 20 14 at 22:25, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Dec 19 14 at 21:53, KD20 updated gallery Frontier Town 6/2013
  • on Dec 19 14 at 21:53, KD20 updated gallery picture Exit
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    You must log in for this feature to work.A New Chapter For Old Frontier TownSamurai03786/29/2017 9:06 PM by Samurai
    You must log in for this feature to work.Reason For Change Of StatusSamurai26701/17/2016 11:28 PM by Samurai
    You must log in for this feature to work.up for auctiondakotasp2000791510/9/2004 12:57 AM by 'Dukes
    You must log in for this feature to town'Dukes1117983/9/2004 1:30 PM by nostra-YOUPPI!
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