Sunday, February 26, 2012

Great Bear Recreation Area/Volney Canal Park

Facts and History of the Great Bear Springs

  • The area known as Great Bear Springs is comprised of 236 acres owned by the City of Fulton and the 78 acre Town of Volney Park.
  • Beginning in 1885 several companies derived water from the Great Bear Springs for commercial purposes: Fulton Water Works Company (1885); Great Bear Spring Company (1888) bottled water from the Great Bear Springs for distribution throughout the Northeast; and the Pure Water Supply Company (1890) distributed bottled water primarily in Syracuse. Several ruins of former wells and pump houses can be seen in the southeast quadrant. Although the water now comes from other sources, the Great Bear brand still exists today, owned by Nestle.
  • The property also contains the historical Hinsmanville Lock and tow path that were a part of the original Oswego River Canal. The Hinsmanville Lock was one of eighteen locks between the Erie Canal in Syracuse and Lake Ontario and was in use from 1828 until 1917 when the four foot deep canal was refurbished and dredged to accommodate larger engine-powered barges. The deeper canal reduced the number of locks to nine and the Hinsmanville Lock was abandoned.
The Great Bear property is located between Fulton and Phoenix New York on Route 57. Parking and the entrance to Great Bear are at Route 57 and Great Bear Road

Friends of Great Bear
more Great Bear Pump House photos
more Town of Volney Canal Park photos

Friday, February 24, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Royal Motel

The Royal Motel sign on Rt.11 next to the Airport Plaza. While it is no longer functioning as a motel and the property is for sale, it is one of the few remaining remainders of the pre-highway past that still can be seen clinging to life, if barely and no doubt will soon be gone to so called progress as Rt.11 becomes Erie Blvd north. and just another faded memory. 

more Royal Motel photos