Tourism from 50 years ago unfulfilled | News, Sports, Work

historical irony.

Groundhog Day.

Whatever you call it, I wonder when the conversation unfolding now unfolded almost exactly the same as it did 50 years ago.

There is not only some irony in this, but perhaps we have something to learn.

The Kinzua Regional Marketing Initiative aims to explore the potential development of the area around Kinzua Dam, Kinzua Beach and Jakes Rocks.

Photo courtesy of the Times Observer The Kinzua Dam was once seen as the centerpiece of a tourism renaissance in Warren County. 50 years later, many of the predictions have turned out to be horribly wrong, but initiatives are being taken to keep the debate alive.

There are almost constant discussions about the importance of tourism for the future of our region, and I don’t think these conversations will suddenly disappear.

I looked at Yang. 26, 1967 Warren Times-Mirror and Observer. I don’t even remember why, to be honest.

But one story caught my eye because I thought I might have written it last week: “The potential of the district depends on planning.”

It was a report on a presentation given by Dick Costley, then Head of Recreation at the US Forest Service’s DC office.

“Noting that the Warren community has the same recreational opportunities as any other part of the country,” article begins, Costley “Told an attentive courthouse audience last night that what is done with this opportunity is entirely dependent on the planning and support it gets locally.”

Boy, does that sound like a familiar refrain?

It is clear that the context was different. The Kinzua Dam and all recreational amenities in the area were in their infancy.

“Although federal agencies have built many facilities near the Kinzua Dam and have many more planned, he said, the eventual development of the opportunities they represent will depend on local initiative. The government has not done and will not do all the work for society.

“However, these developments, whether properly advanced or misdirected, are sure to bring important changes to the Warren area.” Don Neal, outdoor editor, wrote. “Tourists will come to the county in large numbers to see the huge reservoir and find entertainment in its surroundings. If they found the experience enjoyable, they would return again and again. If they were unhappy with the experience they would not have returned.”

Costley’s address reflects the time it was given in other ways. The car has expanded the horizons for many American families.

He emphasized the Congressional emphasis on recreational amenities.

“Because the public had more time, more money, and improved modes of transportation, the demand for recreation was beyond comprehension,” says in the report. “Participation in recreational activities, he said, was more than 20 times greater than at the end of World War II.”

This should come as no surprise given the economic…


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