Lake Compounce

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On October 6, 1846, Gad Norton invited the public to witness a scientific experiment to be conducted at his family-owned lake. The experiment failed, but the crowds of people inspired him to open a recreation area. In 1851, the firm of Pierce and Norton began land improvements. Not only were new attractions added, but corporate outings and outdoor concerts with big bands were also held, providing for a full day of fun and memories. As the oldest continuously operating amusement park in the United States, Lake Compounce now offers 44 rides, including Thunder Rapids, Wildcat and Boulder Dash Roller Coasters, Crocodile Cove, Splash Harbor Water Park, and Bear Creek Campground. During the off-season, the infamous Crocodile Club is held every September, a haunted graveyard runs throughout October, and in December, the park showcases its holiday lights.
ISBN: 9781467123044
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Connecticut
Series: Images of Modern America
Images: 168
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Lynda J. Russell, a resident of Bristol, is the author of Images of America: Bristol Historic Homes, Plainville, Lake Compounce, and Bristol Business and Industry. In addition to being a member of the historical societies in Bristol and Plainville, she serves on the City of Bristol Historic District Commission.
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