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Save our landmarks, including the railroad

October 9, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

To the editor:

As historian, I am beginning to wonder if there aren't any people in Lake Placid who care about our history anymore. It is very disturbing to see many of our "old" homes and businesses torn down and replaced with modern buildings. Now "THEY" are thinking of removing our landmarks!

First, "THEY" want to remove the power dam and lower Mill Pond to replace it with a park. Why? There are already plenty of parks in the town and village, and it appears that some of them are never used but are maintained. The dam was originally built in 1809 to provide power for the Elba Iron Works. In 1905 it was replaced with a concrete dam to operate the electric power plant. How many "citizens" even know where to find this dam? If it isn't broke, why fix it?

Now "THEY" want to remove the railroad tracks! The original tracks were installed in 1890 and have been used off and on since then. The very famous "Ski Trains" brought hundreds of enthusiasts into town every weekend. Now the ARPS (Adirondack Rail Preservation Society) visitors enjoy the scenic short trip that also enables our youth to ride the train (one of the joys of childhood, otherwise a forgotten memory).

The plan to continue the tracks to Tupper Lake, and therefore draw many more tourists, makes much more sense.

Learning to share is another lesson of childhood. I feel that sharing the property with the ARTA (Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates) group and saving our landmarks and history is a much better lesson.

Thank you,

Beverley Pratt Reid

Historian town

of North Elba

and village of Lake Placid



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