Attractions February 05, 2018
These Photos Of An Abandoned New York Theme Park Will Have You Longing For The Past
New York has seen plenty of attractions come and go, but some of these places will forever hold a sweet spot in our hearts. Recently an old stomping ground of the Adirondacks has been the talk of the town, with many people pushing to have the remains of North Hudson’s Frontier Town completely demolished. The once popular Wild West theme park said its final goodbye back in 1998, left to wither away and become one with nature up in Essex County. Before this place is gone for good and simply just a memory, let’s reminisce over the past one last time.
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Not too far off of the Northway up in Essex County, the town of North Hudson was once home to a unique theme park called Frontier Town.
Opening its doors in 1952, owner Arthur Bensen set out to create a theme park unlike any other that you could find in Upstate New York.
Left to dissolve in the Adirondack forest, the current condition of many of Frontier Town's old buildings has caused locals to petition for the demolition of these tired structures.
Younger residents who drive by the remains of Frontier Town today often turn heads at the welcome sign that barely reads "RODEO", never having the chance to experience this Adirondack gem for themselves.
Frontier Town once had everything you would dream of, with handfuls of nostalgic buildings that all offered a unique adventure.
The spaces where you once saw smiling faces and families shopping around are now filled with nothing but crisp mountain air and rusted memories.
Out of all of the buildings that have withered away with time, Frontier Town's Chapel has been one of the hardest to let go of.
The small chapel now holds a different type of beauty, full of eerily stunning beauty as it remains abandoned in such a scenic setting.
If you never had the chance to visit Frontier Town, what you would've once saw were buildings like the Trading Post, Frontier Kitchen, School House and others Wild West Buildings that were all set within the Adirondack Mountains.
The theme park was also known for putting on over-the-top performances, staging robberies and shoot outs right on Frontier Town's Main Street for all the visitors to see.
So, what do you hope becomes of the remains on Frontier Town?
If you haven't kept up on the history of Frontier Town over the last 20 years, let us catch you up quick. After the park closed its doors in 1998, eventually the county became in position of the majority of Frontier Town... but not all of it! The pieces of the park that Essex County is in control of though, is in talks of being demolished due to safety hazards. In the past local businessmen have attempted to buy back Frontier Town, unsuccessful and leaving the county still in control of things.
So if you had it your way in a perfect world, would you see Frontier Town demolished? Or would you hope for a local buyer to swoop in and revamp this old Wild West Theme Park one last time?
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