State tourism funding breathes new life into old Essex County theme park

New York

Before it closed in 1998, Frontier Town in North Hudson welcomed visitors with a taste of the American West.

Now, two decades after shutting its doors, taking some nearby businesses down with it, the tourist attraction just off Route 9 has a new life.

Starting Thursday morning, some 90 acres of Frontier Town will reopen as a campground and outdoor recreation area.

About $25 million in public and private funding have been committed to the campground as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Gateway To The Adirondacks tourism initiative.

“It’s still a struggle, but I believe better days are coming.”

Mo Ahmad

Mo Ahmad owns the gas station across the street from the old Frontier Town parking lot, which still features a few faded ‘Frontier Town Gas’ signs.

“People remember,” Ahmad said. “When they were kids, they used to come here. Every time they walk in, they will just see it… it’s memories for them. They really want to bring it back so they can come and see what it was.”

Ahmad said he’s looking forward to the facilities, including an equestrian area with trails for horseback riding. Ahmad says there are some other trail possibilities nearby that may open up new avenues for sales during a slow time of year for him.

“If we are able to connect the snowmobile trails, that will help us in winter to survive,” he said. “It’s still a struggle, but I believe better days are coming.”

Once it begins taking campers Thursday morning, Frontier Town will be open for the season every day through Sunday, October 13th.

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