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A Chautauqua County tradition

Winter sports tied closely to local history

March 17, 2012
By Jack Dean (Special To The Post-Journal) , The Post-Journal

We assume that the first settlers here did not have much time for idleness or winter sports, but we know that they had an occasional wood-chopping contest or sometimes target practice with their rifles. In the 1890s, they had horse races on the ice on Findley Lake in January and February. The horses had special calks on their shoes so they would not slip on the ice. People skated on the ice on Findley, Cassadaga Lake, Chautauqua, as well as on any small pond that was frozen in Clymer, Sherman and others. Chautauqua Lake had ice boats with sails and they frequently had ice boat races.



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