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Catskill Game Farm

The largest privately owned zoo in the United States, the Catskill Game Farm (Catskill, NY) opened in 1933 and closed in 2006. At the time of its closure it held over 2,000 different animals and was situated on over 200 acres. Dozens of small and midsize buildings dot the property, many full of old log books and other mementos from when the Game Farm was one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state of New York.

The zoo has since been bought by a couple who hopes to keep the zoo grounds intact while planning on converting the Giraffe barn into a B&B with the ability to have weddings on the property, having a museum on the property dedicated to the history of the property, and converting the remainder of the park into a campground and RV park. The items in the attic full of Game Farm memorabilia have been removed and willl become a part of the museum the owners hope to create. To support their effort just follow this link! Every year Abandoned America holds photography workshops at the trolley graveyard. If you'd like to attend, details are here.

If you'd like to learn more about the story of the Catskill Game Farm, it is a featured chapter in the new Abandoned America book Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream, available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and many other online booksellers across the globe. For more information on where to get it or how to purchase a signed copy follow this link. Photographs and unattributed text by Matthew Christopher. For more images click the thumbnails below.