LOST AMUSEMENT PARKS OF THE HUDSON VALLEY.

LostParksOfTheHudsonValley[Book: Wesley & Barbara H. Gottlock – 2011 – 15x23cm – 180 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Starting in the 1870s, a burgeoning population along the Hudson River Valley and in New York City created a need for recreational outlets. With the valley’s natural beauty and its proximity to the nation’s largest metropolis, entrepreneurs were quick to respond. The mass appeal of large parks has been documented thoroughly; here, the authors highlight some of the lesser-known amusement parks, now largely forgotten, that entertained millions into the 20th century. Chapter Points: Introduction; Electric Park at Kinderhook Lake (Columbia County, New York); Woodcliff Pleasure Park (Poughkeepsie, New York); Orange Lake Park (Orange County, New York); Indian Point Park (Buchanan, New York); Fort George Amusement Park (Manhattan, New York); Here and There [smaller lost parks]. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.