Lake Ronkonkoma

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Lake Ronkonkoma, located in the center of Long Island, became a summer destination for wealthy New Yorkers with the arrival of the railroad in 1843. Luxurious hotels were built around the lakeshore during the 1890s to attract visitors. People would utilize the sparkling waters of the lake for boating, fishing, and swimming. At night, hotel guests could dance, gamble in the casino, and enjoy sumptuous meals. By the 1920s, as more people could afford automobiles, beach pavilions began decorating the shoreline of Lake Ronkonkoma. Thousands of people were flocking to this summer paradise. Canoeing, camping, dancing to live music, beauty contests, and fireworks entertained visitors. The area continued to grow in popularity until World War II when gas rationing limited travel. By the 1950s, Lake Ronkonkoma had become a town populated by year-round residents.
ISBN: 9780738576565
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New York
Series: Images of America
Images: 226
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Keith Oswald, a member of the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society, was born and raised in Lake Ronkonkoma. Dale Spencer is the curator for the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society Museum. Utilizing the extensive archives of the historical society and local residents' collections, Keith and Dale have handpicked and researched over 180 vintage images to offer a glimpse into a bygone era.
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