Point Lookout, Long Island, New York, U.S.A.

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Early InhabitantsNative Americans ca 7000BC
Early Settlers1643 Hempstead Settlers negotiations re Long Beach Island
Whaling Lookout 1721 Lookout established at Jones Inlet
On the Map1797 Long Beach Island on Stewart's Map
Coast Guard Stationlate 1800s ca 1855 CG Station established
Long Beach HotelOpens in 1880
Railroad-Long Beach to PointLookout1881 - Built in 2 months, in operation May 1881
Point Lookout Hotel & CottagesOpened to the public August 1881
Oscar Wilde and 18,000 others1882 - visit Point Lookout
Boat AccessLanding Dock establishd 1882
Venture fails financially1886 -Austin Corbin buys Point Hotel and properties
Railroad returns to the Point1887 Runs again
Hurricane1889 -Railroad destroyed
Cottages1892 -Moved to Long Beach
Fire1892 Point Lookout Hotel burns down
First Homes1899 -Two homes on the sand spit
FishingCommercial fishing established ca 1900
The FerryStops at Point Lookout 1901
Nassau-by-the-Sea1904 some 27 cottages at Point Lookout
Post Office1906 Post Office established
Coast GuardLife Saving Station 1907
Reynold's Channel dredging1907
Little Church1911 - Built on Bayside Boardwalk
Lido Golf Course 1915
Fire Storm1918 Fire wipes out Meyers hotel, post office, boardwalk and 41 bungalows
Long Beach Hospital dedicated1927
Fill operations 1928 Marshy sections of Point lookout filled by dredging
Utilities1928 Electricity and water arrive
Land BoomBy 1928 about 100 homes in Point Lookout
Interred1928 - Remnants of Nassau-by-the-Sea buried under sand
Water1929: First Water Works built
Point Lookout MarketMay 30, 1930 - Merolas open Point Lookout Market
First Paper The LookoutFirst Issue 1930
Protection1931 Volunteer Fire Dept formed
Local Government1931 The Point Lookout Civic Association established
The Community ChurchFounded in 1932
No Parking1932: No Parking ordinance adopted
Children's DayFirst Celebrated 1932
Local Newsca 1933 The OUTLOOK begins publication
First 4th of July1933: first 4th of July Parade
Ye Olde Firehouse1934: Old Firehouse and hall dedicated
Meadowbrook Parkway1934: Meadowbrook Causeway opens
A Residential Community1936 Zoning Ordinance Amended to establish single family residences
The Bridge1935 The Loop Parkway opens
More settlers1936 another land boom
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal ParishStarted in 1937
Hurricane1938 The Point survives the hurricane
Beach Rights1940 Community acquires rights to the beach; Point Lookout Park District formed
Erosion crisis1940 Beach starts to vanish; bulkheading provides temporary relief
Community Grows1940's:300 families reside year-round in Point Lookout
Jetty Started1940's: Local civic leaders enlist help of federal government to build a breakwater jetty to save Jones Inlet and Point Lookout
Rec HallDedicated 1947
The Community Outlook1948 Began Publication
Second Erosion crisis1948 Robert L. Doxsee spearheads the Point Lookout jetty constructions
Jone Beach Jetty Petitionearly 50:1,000 Point Lookout residents petition federal government to build Jones Beach jetty
More Erosion Control4/12/52: Robert L. Doxsee dumps clam shells along the east end of community to address severe erosion
Nor'easter1952: Severe northeaster hits Point Lookout
Jones Beach Jettycompleted 1953
1950's: Lido-Point Lookout Water District is formed
The Ball FieldFormally dedicated 1957, replacing eroded predecessor
Beach Sanctuary1960's: Town of Hempstead and Nassau County acquire 413 acres for oceanfront parks for residents of the town and county
Boy Scoutsmid 60's THE BSA troop 525 was formed
The LibraryBuilt and stocked by residents -1967
The Greening of Point LookoutTree planting program starts the greening ca 1965
Amatuer Theater1960s The Theater Group comes together
Over 501960's: Over 50 Club started
The Lab1960's: Town of Hempstead Conservation and Waterways Lab constructed on Parkside Drive
The Art Show1968 The First of an annual event
The Spectagala1968 The First of an annual festivity
Speed Limit1982: 15 MPH speed limit for Point Lookout legislated
Chamber of Commerce1980's: Chamber of Commerce formed
The Island1985 The entrance island is constructed
Bonnie's Legacy1992: 23 acres of marshland dedicated to the memory of Bonnie June Mellon, Point Lookout Environmentalist
Historical Society Founded1993: Point Lookout Historical Society founded
The Playground1995: New playground built for the children of Point Lookout