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Coordinates: 42°49′30″N 76°18′47″W / 42.825°N 76.313°W / 42.825; -76.313

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U.S.G.S. map of Tenmile Point

Ten Mile Point (Tenmile Point) is a scenic area on the shore of Skaneateles Lake, New York, a popular picnic spot for lake outings in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is located at the mouth of a ravine on alluvium. Onandaga County Road 72 runs through it and is locally known as "10 Mile Point Road". It was formerly the property of the Skaneateles Railroad and Steamboat Company (Skaneateles Park Company) who built a steamboat dock, a dancing pavilion and planted a grove of trees there. Their planned hotel was never built. And in 1906 Ten Mile Point was purchased by the Auburn and Syracuse Electric Railroad Company from the Skaneateles Park Company. It is now the location of Lourdes Camp, an historic facility of the local Roman Catholic diocese. In 1990 the "Six Town Picnic'" that had been held annually from 1885 until World War II was revived at Ten Mile Point.

Lourdes Camp

In 1942, the fifty acre F. Harris Nichols family estate at Ten Mile Point was giving to the Catholic Charities of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse for a camp for children. The new camp was named Lourdes Camp and opened the same year. It replaced "Morning Star Manor" the Catholic camp for children at Little York on Tully Lake. Later an additional fifty acres was added to the camp. Currently it has 100 acres (40 ha) of land and 1,500 feet (460 m) of water front, with nineteen cabins, an infirmary, chapel, dining hall, boat house, main lodge, and working bathrooms. At one time it had separate camping periods for boys and girls during the summer, but more recently it has been coeducational.

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1907 Postcard
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