About DunkirkFounded as Chadwick's Bay in 1805, Dunkirk was renamed in 1817 because its harbor was said to resemble that of Dunkerque, France. On Thanksgiving 1946 the citizens of Dunkirk aided their war-impoverished namesake with a shipment of more than $100,000 worth of emergency supplies.
Dunkirk's harbor, which has been a key factor in the town's commercial growth, offers numerous recreational opportunities, including fishing, boating, swimming and water skiing. Lake Erie State Park is 7 miles southwest at 5838 CR 5; phone (716) 792-9214. The Lily Dale Assembly, 8 miles south of US 90 exit 59, offers a diversified summer program of lectures and workshops about spiritualism; phone (716) 595-8721.
Visitor Centers Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce 10785 Bennett Rd. Dunkirk, NY 14048. Phone:(716)366-6200
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