Warren county: a history and guide, New York
This book presents a picture of Warren County and its people today against the background of its history. To local residents it offers a basis for fuller appreciation and understanding of their County's present resources and future potentialities as well as the part it played in earlier days.
To the thousands of visitors who throng Warren County's highways, streams, lakes, beaches, and mountain trails the book will point out new vistas, and add interest and significance to their experiences here. By word and picture it brings to distant homes a memory and a promise of swimming, open-air theater, race track, ski run, and solitude beside lake or stream, in a forest, or on a rocky summit.
Warren County covers 876 square miles; it has 175 miles of paved Federal and State highways and 850 miles of county and town roads, some paved, some the kind of country dirt roads that invite leisurely exploration. Large areas protected by rangers of the Adirondack Park are accessible only by bridle path or hiking trail.
Besides visitors from near and far, Warren County has a typically American resident population. These hospitable, intelligent people, many of whom provide accommodations for visitors, have added important recreational developments to the attractions nature has bestowed on Warren County. More than half the County's population is centered in and near Glens Falls, at the southeastern entrance to the Adirondacks. Here varied industries provide employment, and the business district serves a rural and resort area.
The New York State Writers' Project of the Work Projects Administration, having completed a comprehensive guide for New York State (1940), has prepared this Warren County History and Guide under the sponsorship of the Warren County Board of Supervisors. The Writers' Project staff has received aid from many local people, but only a few can be mentioned here. The Glens Falls Post Company gave full access to newspaper files; the Crandall Library at Glens Falls and other libraries in the County spared neither time nor effort in making accurate information available; the Glens Falls Insurance Company permitted reproduction of historical paintings from its collection.
Table of Contents
GENERAL INFORMATION 15
CALENDAR OF ANNUAL EVENTS 17
Part I. The County
MOUNTAINS IN THE MAKING 21
THE MOUNTAINS OF TODAY 24
PLANT AND ANIMAL LIFE 27
RED MEN, WHITE MEN, AND BORDER WARFARE 35
FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR 41
GROWTH AND GOVERNMENT 99
INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE 113
CHURCH AND SCHOOL 126
Part II. Resort Towns and City Streets
GLENS FALLS 141
LAKE GEORGE 156
THE LAKE TOWNS Queensbury, Caldwell, Bolton, Hague, Horicon, Chester 162
THE RIVER TOWNS Luzerne, Stony Creek, Thurman, Johnsburg, Warrensburg 173
Part III. By Adirondack Hill and Dale
TOUR 1. Glens Falls to Schroon Lake, US 9 183
TOUR 2. Hague to Warren-Hamilton County Line, State 8 191
TOUR 3. Lake George to Ticonderoga, State 9N 195
TOUR 4. Warrensburg to North River (Warren-Hamilton County Line), State 28 200
TOUR 5. Lake George to Glens Falls, State 9K 206
TOUR 6. Lake Luzerne to Warrensburg, State 418 209
TOUR 7. Glens Falls to Lake George, State 9L 211
Part IV. Sports and Recreation
ADIRONDACK RECREATIONLAND 217
WINTER SPORTS 246
Part V. Appendices
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A the dawn of geologic time, hundreds of millions of years ago, Warren County was part of the vast Grenville Sea. Dark, brooding, its waters stretched in utter loneliness from horizon to horizon. There was not a sign of life on the surface, although in the depths there may have been microscopic plants and animals, some perhaps with calcareous or siliceous shells. For millions of years it remained thus, while there formed on the bed of that ocean a vast deposit of sediment miles in thickness, mud mixed with sand or lime and pressed into rock.