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Many Vaudeville, Hollywood and Broadway stars established an artist's colony in Freeport in the early parts of the 20th century? Broderick Crawford, Susan Sullivan and Leo Carillo are but a few of the numerous notables of a bygone era who once resided here. Band leader Guy Lombardo called Freeport home from 1940 until his death in 1977. Other famous people, incuding Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey also lived here. Let's not forget about Zippy the Chimp (from The Ed Sullivan Show, The Howdy Doody Show, Gary Moore Show, etc.). He lived here until he and his owners moved away in the late 1980's. The Great Throwdini (knife-thrower extrodinaire), as well as several acclaimed authors and musicians curently call Freeport home.
Many of Freeport's streets were named after Vaudeville, Hollywood and Broadway stars who once lived in Freeport? Russell Place was named after Lillian Russell, and Moore Avenue was named after Victor Moore.
The propeller for Nautilus, the world's first nuclear-powered submarine was manufactured by Columbian Bronze Corporation of Freeport?
The first outboard-powered boat to cross the Atlantic was built on the Nautical Mile?.....It is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for 1985!...You can see the actual boat on your next visit to the Nautical Mile.
Freeport is the original home of WGBB, Long Island's first 24-hour radio station?
The Incorporated Village of Freeport, with a population of close to 50,000 is the second largest village in the United States?
Freeport was once home to a small Coney Island-style amusement park called
Freeport once provided water to the City of Brooklyn via a very ornate pumping
The building was recently demolished.
It was located at the corner of Sunrise Highway and Brookside Avenue.
was a 10,000-seat facility which hosted stock car races,
midget car races, semi-pro football, semi-pro baseball and high school football games,
among other events?
Romance once abounded in Freeport by means of a
Freeport's Colorful Past?
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Showbiz luminaries established a clubhouse where they congregated and held social events in Freeport in the early 1900s? It was called
LIGHTS stood for Long Island Good-hearted Thespian Society. Members included John Philip Sousa, the Ringling Brothers and Flo Ziegfeld among the more than 400 actors that lived part-time or full-time in Freeport.
Freeport Waterfront Fun!