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Thursday, February 29, 2024
Exploring History: Steamship dock at Chautauqua

This photo postcard shows Lake Ontario from Chautauqua at One Mile Creek. The wooden stakes leading into the water were the remnants of the former steamship docks that were located there. Built on a 92-acre lot at the northwest end of Niagara-on-the-Lake, cottages and a hotel were developed by the Niagara Assembly of the Chautauqua movement, a semi-religious social and cultural phenomenon that swept through North America. It was a summer resort where guests could focus on intellectual development as well as physical education. The hotel offered religious and educational courses for guests of varying ages, botany and drawing classes, music concerts, swimming, tennis, lawn bowling, fishing, boating and croquet. The steamships docked right in front of Chautauqua, allowing visitors a short and convenient commute to their cottages or hotel rooms.

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