Buffalo and Western New York was once a major hub of travel and tourism and continue to be a major city of interest. Of course, as we look to the future, we can't forget the past.

The area is steeped in a rich tapestry of history and with our "Long Ago Buffalo" series brought to you by WNY Heritage Magazine, we will take you back to look at all the Western New York had to offer.

This week we take a look at the history of Beaver Island State Park and the role it played in illegal rum-running from Canada.

Grand Island along with Beaver Island played a roll in Western New York ability to still get alcohol despite the passing prohibition laws in the US. The Fix brothers used the area to move Candian whiskey and beer by boat from Canada to the US. Their operation lasted until 1922 much of the Fix gang was arrested.

Today, Beaver Island State Park is home to tons of trails, waterways, and a USGA recognized golf course.

Also on the island are several historic grand estates that were donated to the park back in 1935

These grand estates included: The Falconwood Club, River Lawn, and  River Lea.




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