Glen Park, Williamsville, New York

Glen Park, Williamsville, New York

Glen Park, Williamsville, New York

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Glen Park is a walking park in Williamsville, New York. It is bordered by the Glen Falls waterfall on Ellicott Creek, and the inactive Williamsville Water Mill.

History



The location originally housed an amusement park, Harry Altman's Glen Park Casino and Amusement Park. The property was razed following two fires.

The Inferno in 1968

The first fire in September 1968 destroyed a nightclub on the property called The Inferno. The Inferno was formerly the "Glen Casino".

The nightclub was notable for featuring the bands Wilmer & the Dukes and Raven (formerly Tony Galla and the Rising Sons) on a weekly basis, which helped launch their careers. In addition, national recording acts such as Junior Walker & the All Stars, The Butterfield Blues Band, Sly and the Family Stone, Ike & Tina Turner, The Bob Seger System, The Esquires, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, Wilson Pickett, Wayne Cochran & the CC Riders, and Arthur Conley also played this famous nightclub.

Underground 1973

The second fire in September 1973 destroyed several buildings, including the lower building called the "Underground".

Altman, his son-in-law Dave Goldstein and grandson Steve Goldstein had hosted many famous entertainers at the Glen Casino over the years, including Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra Jr., Jayne Mansfield, Dick Shawn, Joey Bishop, Jerry Vale, The Three Stooges, and the Mills Brothers.

The Casino was built in...
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