Hose Cart Racing
A look back at a now defunct sport and a world record set at Dunkirk in 1904
Hose cart racing has followed the bustle skirt, the cigar store Indian and the nickel hamburger into the dusty halls of history.
But there was a time when the sport of hose cart racing, spawned by volunteer fire departments, was BIG. More than 3,000 teams were registered with the New York State Volunteer Fireman’s Association shortly after 1900.
Hose cart racing was a labor of love for men of brawn and daring who pitted their speed, muscle and teamwork against others in an exciting event that drew large crowds of spectators.
Hose cart racing, like rodeoing, grew from a job – a necessity. The working cowboy turned his skills as a bronc buster, steer wrestler and calf roper from the range to the arena. Read more in the April newsletter...
Class of 2017 Inducted
P-J photo by Scott Kindberg
CSHOF Endowment Fund Preliminary Report #2
To celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the founding of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame and to plan for the long-term sustainability of the organization, the Board of Directors created an Endowment Fund and launched a fundraising drive.
To date, the campaign has received over 100 pledges and contributions totaling nearly $75,000.
Read more about the Endowment Fund in the January newsletter...
Virtual Tour of the Hall of Fame Now Available
The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame is one of several attractions in downtown Jamestown that is well worth a visit. But don't take our word for it! Click on the image below to take a virtual tour.
- To advance through the tour, click/tap on the Hall of Fame icon. It will float into view as you tour each section of the hall.
- Click and hold mouse button down, drag in any direction to move the view.
- To zoom in, press the SHIFT key.
- To zoom out, press the CTRL key.
- If your mouse has a wheel on it, rolling it forward or back will also zoom in and out.