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Old Forge: Gateway to the Adirondacks (Postcard History Series)

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Old Forge: Gateway to the Adirondacks is a pictorial history of the transformation of an eighteenth-century lakeside clearing in the wilderness into one of the premier recreational destinations in New York State's six-million-acre Adirondack Park. It is also the story of man's struggle with and passion for the natural world. During the nineteenth century, only a handful of rugged pioneer settlers and sportsmen endured the harrowing, inhospitable twenty-five-mile trek through the foothills of the Adirondack wild ...
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Overview


Old Forge: Gateway to the Adirondacks is a pictorial history of the transformation of an eighteenth-century lakeside clearing in the wilderness into one of the premier recreational destinations in New York State's six-million-acre Adirondack Park. It is also the story of man's struggle with and passion for the natural world. During the nineteenth century, only a handful of rugged pioneer settlers and sportsmen endured the harrowing, inhospitable twenty-five-mile trek through the foothills of the Adirondack wild forests to the Old Forge lake region. Today, tens of thousands of camp owners and visitors come to share with local residents the magnificent landscapes of the Fulton Chain of Lakes and surrounding hamlets of McKeever, Okara, Thendara, Rondaxe, Big Moose, Eagle Bay, Inlet, and the Stillwater-Beaver River region.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738511733
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Series: Postcard History Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,414,378
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Generations have called it paradise-a land of pristine lakes, forested trails, abundant wildlife, and friendly people-and from those generations come the authors, with backgrounds that include historic preservation and museum administration. The grandfather of authors Linda and Sarah Cohen arrived in Old Forge in the late 1890s with a peddler's pack on his back and, in 1900, opened the Old Forge Hardware, known today as the "Adirondacks' Most General Store." Town of Webb Historian Peg Masters is a descendant of John Merritt of Brandon, who worked in the early logging industry at Big Moose and McKeever.

Generations have called it paradise-a land of pristine lakes, forested trails, abundant wildlife, and friendly people-and from those generations come the authors, with backgrounds that include historic preservation and museum administration. The grandfather of authors Linda and Sarah Cohen arrived in Old Forge in the late 1890s with a peddler's pack on his back and, in 1900, opened the Old Forge Hardware, known today as the "Adirondacks' Most General Store." Town of Webb Historian Peg Masters is a descendant of John Merritt of Brandon, who worked in the early logging industry at Big Moose and McKeever.

Generations have called it paradise-a land of pristine lakes, forested trails, abundant wildlife, and friendly people-and from those generations come the authors, with backgrounds that include historic preservation and museum administration. The grandfather of authors Linda and Sarah Cohen arrived in Old Forge in the late 1890s with a peddler's pack on his back and, in 1900, opened the Old Forge Hardware, known today as the "Adirondacks' Most General Store." Town of Webb Historian Peg Masters is a descendant of John Merritt of Brandon, who worked in the early logging industry at Big Moose and McKeever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2003

    Review of Old Forge-Gateway to the Adirondacks

    We purchased the book two days ago. The Authors have brought us a 'Literary Diamond' of photographic historical significance apart of the oldest mountain formation on earth and 'Old Forge- Gateway to the Adirondacks' gives us a combination of a prose and pictorial tour of past history in one of the most beautiful places to live and visit. The picture post cards displayed on each page tell a story, a story of people who struggled to make a living in the early days of mountain life. It reflects the architecture, the animal inhabitants, the mighty timber and the available transportation including the well known Adirondack Guide Boats, canoes, trains, horses and horse-drawn wagons and buggies, and seaplanes. We learned a great deal of knowledge from viewing each postcard and the writings below each picture. This book brought us back to that era and you can envision the cutting of block ice from the lakes with the crude ice saws, the harvesting of timber for the production of paper and products and practically see the perspiration of the lumberjack swinging his axe or on the end of a two-man saw. One can envision the paddling of the canoes, the finery of the elitist, the gathering of families and the deer and bear hunts of yesterday. The authors and their associates who donated material and spent days working together to bring us this historical diamond can be proud of this work. A map is included on page 2 of the region to help guide the reader on their historical seeking adventure. There are 128 pages of thehistorical past and many of the family siblings reside and work in this geographical region. Not only will this book have a special place in history, but it will be on the top-shelf of my personal library. Everyone in this great nation should read this book and view the pictorial history at its best, surrounded by nature abound. A tip of the lid to the creators of this outstanding read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2003

    AZ and NY Reader reviews this book

    This new book is an historical pictorial of the South Central Adirondacks and brings to life the architecture, people, and places of the past. You feel as you look at this rare collection of post cards, that you are on the scene, somewhat like a time machine into another important era of Adirondack Mountain History. The authors are to be commended for this important and wonderful work. Anyone who loves these oldest mountains in the world should read and absorb this pictorial history.

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