Annual Picnic & Lecture

The Chautauqua County Historical Society’s annual picnic will feature a lecture by local historians Roy Davis and Roger Schulenberg, focusing on the 150th Anniversary of the opening of Brooks Locomotive Works.

The Brooks Locomotive Works operated out of Dunkirk and manufactured steam railroad locomotives and freight cars from 1869 until its merger into the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) in 1901. As part of lecture, Davis and Schulenberg will share details of the history of the locomotive works and its founder, Horatio Brooks, the former chief engineer of the New York and Erie Railroad (NY&E).

During the picnic, Davis and Schulenberg will focus on Brooks life as well as how he was able to save the Dunkirk locomotive shop and keep it in operation into the 20th century.

The presentation will take place at 7 p.m., immediately following the society's annual picnic. That picnic begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at the large pavilion in Dunkirk's Point Gratiot park.

The event is free and open to the public and attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass. If possible, please RSVP with CCHS by 4pm Friday, Aug. 16 by calling (716) 326-2977 or emailing

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Dunkirk, NY