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Sacandaga popular with the pious and the rowdy

May 26, 2014
By Samantha Hall-Saladino , The Leader Herald

It wasn't that long ago that one could visit Sacandaga Park to take in a baseball game, catch a show in the open air theater, ride the roller coaster, spend time at the midway, or take a spin to Sport Island on a miniature train. The "Coney Island of the North" had its heyday in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and much of it was lost with the intentional flooding of the Sacandaga Reservoir in 1930. But before the delighted screams of roller coaster riders and the crack of a baseball bat became the summer soundtrack of the park, it was a peaceful wilderness area used by religious and temperance groups for camp meetings.



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