THE REST OF THE STORY:
Keuka Lake Memories by William Reed Gordon
Forward: “This book is the result of 14 years of research including many trips to Bath, Hammondsport, Penn Yan and other communities where I visited with the folks in Steuben and Yates Counties.
Hammondsport was the birthplace and resting place of Glenn Hammond Curitss, pioneer of aviation. Hammondsport is also the birthplace of the American wine industry with its champagnes that are recognized all over the world as the best. Since the opening of the first winery in Pleasant Valley in 1860, they have become a multi-million dollar industry.
The Bath and Hammondsport Railroad was a three-foot narrow gauge in 1875 which became the “Champagne Road” and has been running trains ever since, giving rail service to Bath for over ninety years. The Kanona and Prattsburg Railroad, over in the valley west of Hammondsport, ran trains from Prattsburg eleven miles to Kanona in the Cohocton Valley from 1889 to 1961. The Penn Yan, Keuka Park and Branchport Trolley ran passengers and freight for thirty years.
Passenger boats were operated on Keuka Lake, first by the Bath and Hammondsport Railroad and later by the Erie Railroad. The trolley company sold tickets to ride on the steamer “Crickett” in Penn Yan.”