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May 7, 2014

Essex County tax sale sells all parcels

106 properties generate almost $1M for county

ELIZABETHTOWN — Essex County sold all 106 properties up in its latest tax auction — including the old Frontier Town theme-park in North Hudson.

The tax sale generated $988,990 for the county, although unpaid property taxes owed on the parcels amounted to about $1.5 million.

George Moore of Keeseville got four combined sections of Frontier Town for $49,500, plus a smaller parcel that’s part of the park, for $7,500. Moore bought the A-frame entrance building to the park in the last tax sale.

But he said Tuesday he has no plans to reopen the one-time popular attraction.

“What I like about what I bought is (its) good timber area,” said Moore, 87, who owns George Moore Truck and Equipment in Keeseville. “There are a lot of possibilities. One of the motels is good yet. 

“The restaurant has to be torn down.”

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Some of the buildings, like the Wild West town itself, are in sad shape, he said, and will probably have to be removed.

“There are some log cabins in there that are usable,” Moore said. “Campers could come in. It would be good for that.”

He said he and his family are going to be working on getting the place in shape.

Moore remembers a time in the 1950s and ’60s when motels and cabins framed U.S. Route 9, including North Hudson by Frontier Town, all the way through to Plattsburgh.

“I sold pumps and things to Frontier Town back when the original owner, Art Bensen, had it. There was a (fountain) pump that sprayed water in the air near the entrance.”

The main Frontier Town parcel in the sale was owned by Sunrise Land Development of Westchester County and had been purchased in the last tax sale, seven years ago. 

Others, from the original Frontier Town, were owned by Panther Mountain Water Park and North Hudson Associates LLC.

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