Frontier Town was born in 1952 as the dream child of Arthur Bensen, an entrepreneur from Staten Island. Until the late 1990s, the park was an exciting destination for generations of families looking for an escape from day-to-day life.
With unique attractions such as Prairie Junction, Pioneer Village, Indian Village, a rodeo arena, and a small railroad, Frontier Town became a warm and welcoming gem in the heart of the Adirondacks.
After its closure in 1998, it was mourned by local communities as a loss
to the changing times and was remembered with fondness as a staple
of the area.
A new generation of North Country families are now able to enjoy a taste of Frontier Town thanks
to Muhammad “Mo” Ahmad, a local businessman intent on renewing this incredible asset and
drawing adventurers to the shimmering lakes and wooded trails in the North Hudson area.
The Frontier Town Gateway also provides a placefor the local community to gather together
over the warmth of a hot drink or delicious meal. The A-frame – the largest of its kind in
the Northeast – has become a central hub for events and gatherings, and carries a variety
of goods, from wares by local artisans to an assortment of camping gear and supplies.
Events at the Frontier Town Gateway range from job fairs to car shows to bonfires with our Schroon Lake area neighbors! Plus, there’s plenty more to come in the future!
The New Sherif-
MUHAMMAD "MO" AHMAD
Mo immigrated to the United States in 2002 and found work in New Jersey as a gas attendant. In 2005, he began working as a yellow taxi driver in Queens and Brooklyn,
and during that time, he visited friends who owned a motel in Lake George. Mo fell in love with the beauty of the Adirondacks and began to dream about moving to
the North Country. In 2006, the opportunity arose, and Mo leased what is now the Schroon Lake Sunoco, which, at that time, was a garage. In 2007, the Sunoco opened, and since then, it has been a convenient place for weary travelers to stop as they traverse Interstate 87, Route 9, or Route 74.
In 2014, Mo purchased the North Hudson Sunoco, which had been abandoned for over a decade. This move piqued his initial interest in the A-Frame-- eventually leading Mo to purchase the property, renovate it, and create this incredible space for the Schroon Lake and North Hudson communities.
Mo and Marriam have three children, Aliza, Muhammad-Wali, and Horrain, who all attend (or will attend) Schroon Lake Central School. The family are proud residents of Schroon Lake, and when asked about their favorite part of living in the North Country, Mo said, “We love the mountains--the fresh air, the lakes, the ponds, and the trails are all amazing--but most of all, we love the community. I know all my customers by name, and everyone has been incredibly supportive of our businesses here.”