Q – Who is DNC? – (Delaware North Company)

A – Concessionaire for Yosemite

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Here’s the rest of the story: In 1915, a company was strarted by the Jacob Brothers. They were located at the intersection of Delaware and North Streets in Buffalo, NY. Over the years, the successful Jacobs Brothers firm wanted a more marketable name and considered many. Unable to settle on one, they decided to make it easy was to just use the intersection out front. Thus, they became the Delaware North Company.

The Butler Mansion in Buffalo, NY

The Butler Mansion in Buffalo, NY

There is one significant event in this story. As things went, the neighbor across the street lived in a rather large house known as the Butler Mansion. In the years that followed, the Delaware North Company (or DNC) acquired it. In 1901, the mansion was then donated to the State University of New York (SUNY). The building was earmarked to become the  Jacobs Executive Development Center, honoring the original founders. It is now a setting for corporate events, business training, conferences and social functions.

The guest of honor at the dedication was to be President William McKinley. He was in Buffalo for other ceremonies. The date was September 6, 1901. That afternoon, the president was killed by an assassin during a public reception. To complete the story, DNC re-bought the Butler mansion and moved its corporate headquarters there. Today, Delaware North has over $2 billion in revenues, and is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States. It employs approximately 40,000 Worldwide.

We know them formally as DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite, Inc.


Unrelated thought worth quoting: Yo Semite awaited us without warning, met us without coming. Spectral white in the glancing of the sun, the first thought was that the granite ledges of all the mountains had come to resurrection, and were standing pale and dumb before the Lord.- James Mason  Hutchings 

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One Response to Q – Who is DNC? – (Delaware North Company)

  1. Maureen L says:

    thanks for the explanation of the concessionaire’s puzzling name!

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