New life coming to former site of Old West theme park

April 11, 2018 06:47 PM

NORTH HUDSON - The Frontier Town theme park once drew tens of thousands of people to the Adirondacks every summer. All that came to a halt when the park shut down about 20 years ago. However, the state is breathing new life into Frontier Town.

Frontier Town looks more like a ghost town. The once-lively Wild West-style theme park with its train and stagecoach robberies, has seen better days. It closed 20 years ago leaving behind all the buildings and attractions that once brought the Old West to life for generations.

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Thanks to an infusion of state money, there's new life just off Exit 29 of the Northway. The land is being turned into a state campground -- a first of its kind. It'll have tent sites, RV sites and equestrian trails. Campers can have their horses hitched up right at their sites.

"So folks that want to come and use equestrian trails in the area, they will be able to literally sleep near their horses like in the old days," explained Basil Seggos the NYS EnCon Commissioner.

Right on the edge of the campground and equestrian center, a decidedly modern amenity -- craft beer.

Paradox Brewery, which produces some of the top-selling craft beers in the region, is building a new brewery and tasting room. People will be able to tour the brewery and look out at the High Peaks as they sip beer.

It's billed as a renaissance project. The governor says the Frontier Town redevelopment provides a new gateway to the Adirondacks.

The entire project is expected to cost about $25 million. Around $19 million of it is state money. The rest is private investment.

The brewery will be built and open for production in the coming months and the tasting room will be up and running by next Memorial Day.

The campground will be open for day use in late summer or early fall and then open to overnight visitors next summer.

"The chance to restore some of the old magic to this area, I think is what really makes this project so exciting to us," exclaimed Seggos.


WNYT Staff

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