LakeCompounceIoA[Book: Lynda J. Russell – 2008 – 16x23cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Founded in October 1846 by two local families, Lake Compounce (Bristol, Connecticut) began its transformation from a rustic summer resort into a bustling amusement park. Gad Norton and Isaac Pierce teamed together to build a park that utilized the lake’s natural appeal for swimming, boating and picnicking. For generations, the park has been able to maintain its status as a local treasure while expanding and growing into what is today recognized as “America’s pioneer playground.” Chapter Points: Introduction; The Norton and Pierce Families; American Pioneer Playground; Crocodile Club; Amusements; Big Bands and Concerts; Memories; A New Beginning. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.