From a small rural retreat to a center of industry and finally into protected wildlands, this is the story of the Adirondacks' Cranberry Lake.
Initially, the remote Cranberry Lake region attracted hunters and fishermen such as Reuben Wood, world-champion fly caster, as well as artists like Frederic Remington, writer Irving Bacheller, and Arts and Crafts movement philosopher Elbert Hubbard. Between 1886 and 1896, when railroads began to approach the lake, both industry and tourism flourished. Extractive industries like mining and lumbering coexisted with a lively trade catering to leisure travelers and recreationists, though the same industries depleted much of the lake's resources. Several generations later, the natural beauty and wilderness characteristic of the Cranberry Lake region has been restored, and outdoor recreation is still an enticing draw to the area, though the stumps of old trees still litter the land like pockmarks of history, never to fully heal.
About the Author
This is author Susan Thomas-Smeby's second book on the history of Cranberry Lake. She first purchased property on Cranberry Lake in 1982. As with her first book, Cranberry Lake and Wanakena, nearly all of the more than 200 images included here are from her collection. Her interest in the area began with her husband's roots in Star Lake. Her father-in-law, Einar Smeby, designed the Jones and Laughlin plant at Benson Mines and was chief mining engineer for many years.
Table of Contents
1 Kalurah, Jayville, and Aldrich 9
2 Oswegatchie and Browns Falls 19
3 Benson Mines 31
4 Wanakena 55
5 Newton Falls 73
6 New Bridge and Clifton Mines 87
7 Conifer and the Grasse River Railroad 99
8 Cranberry Lake 113