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1913-2007 Dayton Canoe Club , Dayton Ohio

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Uploaded on Mar 10, 2007

The Dayton Canoe Club is one of just a few active canoe clubhouses left in the United States.During the late 1800's to the 1930's, canoe clubs were a common form of recreation in river front city's like Dayton, Ohio. Most have been destroyed. The Dayton Canoe Club remians much as it was in 1913. Canoeing was an especially popular pastime. In the early days, pillow-lined and victrola-laden canoes offered romantic interludes before the day of the automobile, and canoe competitions attracted large and enthusiastic crowds. At one time, five canoe clubs dotted the banks of the Great Miami and Stillwater Rivers. The last of these was the Dayton Canoe Club, founded in 1913. For many years, the annual Four of July Regatta drew over 30,000 spectators along Riverside Drive. Canoeing on the river, sporting events at McKinley Park, dances at Triangle Park, and swimming and boating at Island Park created shared recreational experiences which tightened community bonds and gave residents a rich heritage of lifelong memories.
Black and White Photgraphs courtesy of Robert Hock.

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