2010-08-06 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

Far Rockaway Estates of the Rich and Famous of Yore
From The Rockaway Museum Commentary by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

Many rich and famous people had mansions in Far Rockaway during the early days of the 20th century and later.

Among them were:
* Marcus Loew, the movie magnate
* John E. Cowdin, the international polo player
* John D. Cheever, the founder of the National Horse Association and show
* W.B. Kirkman, the soap manufacturer
* Lamarcus A. Thompson, “Mr. Gravity”, who invented the rollercoaster
* Judge Charles Donohue, New York State Supreme Court Judge
* P. Geoghegan, contractor

Today’s view shows the large entrance to the Geoghegan estate, which was located on the east side of Beach 9 Street below the present Lanette Street, in the southeast corner of Far Rockaway. Beach 9 Street is at the lower right corner, and on the other side of the gate is the entrance road to the rather large house (the present site of Lanette Street).

It is interesting to note that this gate and the rest of the pillars and iron work was found on a picture taken in 1947. The picture mentioned was of the entrance to the Inwood Country Club to the north of Far Rockaway.

The Geoghegan Contracting Company received many contracts for improvement work in and around the Rockaways during the first half of the later century, and a few members of the family later became prominent in Nassau County politics.
If You have Any Old Photos or Historical Information About The Rockaways
Please Send It To: HISTORICAL ROCKAWAY
C/O THE WAVE P.O. BOX 930097 ROCKAWAY BEACH, N.Y. 11693

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