Northern New York: Historic Tales from the Adirondack Almanack

Overview

Northern New York's Adirondack Park is a naturalist's wonderland of high peaks, plunging chasms, pristine waters and stunning vistas. In this collection of columns from the popular online journal Adirondack Almanack, author John Warren reveals another side of this charming land. Stories of bank robberies, the Ku Klux Klan, gambling, buried treasure, rattlesnakes and earthquakes abound. Showing careful research and a panache for storytelling, Warren takes the mountain path less traveled, where locals and visitors ...

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Overview

Northern New York's Adirondack Park is a naturalist's wonderland of high peaks, plunging chasms, pristine waters and stunning vistas. In this collection of columns from the popular online journal Adirondack Almanack, author John Warren reveals another side of this charming land. Stories of bank robberies, the Ku Klux Klan, gambling, buried treasure, rattlesnakes and earthquakes abound. Showing careful research and a panache for storytelling, Warren takes the mountain path less traveled, where locals and visitors alike will be surprised by the hidden gems of the Adirondacks.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596297272
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/17/2009
  • Series: American Chronicles Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Part I Adirondack Accidents, Danger and Disaster

The Cruise Boat Ethan Allen and Other Lake George Tragedies 12

Mining Accidents Once Occurred Regularly 15

Thin Ice: Some Strange and Tragic Stories 18

Lake George Fire-A Chance to Fix Some Lake George Blight 20

Ten Deadliest Accidents in the Adirondack Mountain Region 22

Bridge Collapse Recalls Historic Adirondack Disaster 23

A History of Schroon Lake Drownings Recalled 25

Part II Adirondack Natural History Tidbits

Adirondack Mountain Lions, Panthers, Pumas and Cougars, Oh My! 32

Adirondack Earthquakes: The 1931 Warren County Quake 33

The Seven Natural Wonders of the Adirondacks 34

A Nineteenth-Century Adirondack Natural History Survey 39

Carl Akeley: Taxidermy History in New York State 42

Timber Rattlesnakes of the Adirondacks 44

A Short History of Lows Lake on the Bog River 46

Extinction: A Short History of Adirondack Beaver 50

Part III An Adirondack Snowmobile History

Early Snow Machines 56

Development of the Modern Snowmobile 58

The 1960s: Adirondack Clubs and Races 63

The 1970s: New Trails and Conflicts 65

Snowmobile Economics: The Rise and Fall 67

Part IV Local History Lost and Found

Adirondack Veteran: Loring Peck 72

Hops Around. Hops Around. Get Up and Get Down 73

The Strange Life of James Jesse Strang 75

New York Central: The Adirondack & St. Lawrence Railroad 76

Adirondack Historic Newspaper Site Hosts Millionth Page 79

Local Adirondack Energy History 80

Teddy Roosevelt, Logging and the Adirondack Forest Preserve 81

Ten Favorite Irish Songs for St. Paddy's Day 84

Canton Eddie, Turn-of-the-Century Adirondack Safecracker86

Part V Adirondack African American History

The Ku Klux Klan in the Adirondacks 90

Black History: Adirondack Stories 93

African American History: Essex County Expulsions? 96

African American History: Adirondack Tourism 103

Part VI Resorts and Other Adirondack Entertainments

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival 108

Taylor's on Schroon Lake: Anti-Semitism of Days Gone By 110

Scaroon Manor Day-Use Area Finally Open 111

Adirondack Pool Balls: The Albany Billiard Ball Company 112

International Talk Like a Pirate Day: Adirondacks Edition 113

Gaslight Village: Lake George Fun Yesterday 114

The Seven Human-Made Wonders of the Adirondacks 117

Pottersville Fair: Gambling, Races and Gaslight Village 123

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