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  • Did You Know?

    Here are all sorts of interesting fun facts, unknown information, and “nice to know” tidbits on events, happenings, history, places and more – from the past, present, and future in the local Lake George Regional area and beyond. Enjoy reading!

     

    Lake George

    …that the body of water commonly known as Lake George has an approximate area of 28,200 acres, an elevation of 322 feet, a maximum depth of over 200 feet, a length of 32 miles, a maximum width of almost 4 miles, about 44 square miles of surface area, almost 20% of its water from underground springs, and a surprising 8 years to exchange its volume of water. Since the lake flows south to north, the northern end in Ticonderoga becomes the LaChute River and gradually drops around 215 feet into Lake Champlain.

    …that Lake George was formed about 10,000 years ago when a melting glacier blocked an ancient river bed which headed south from the Northwest Bay Brook to Bolton to the Hudson River and another river flowing north from the Narrows area into Lake Champlain. With no escape, the waters from the two rivers rose & created the “Queen of American Lakes.”

    …that Lake George contains approximately 186 islands, 154 of which are state-owned with about 50 available for camping and some 30 plus that are privately owned.

    …that the outlet of Lake George which is linked to Lake Champlain has been known as the “La Chute River,” drops 220 feet over a series of falls spread along its mile-long length.

    …that Lake George has no rival in this country for beauty and historical associations and commands a distinct absence of commerce and manufacturing on its shores.

    …that Lake George Village was originally named Caldwell, after its founder, James Caldwell, who also provided lodging at his log tavern located on land that is now Shepard Park.

    …that Lake George Village, which is the hub of exciting tourism events and activities, is located at the southern most point of the world-class body of water proudly and lovingly referred to as the “Queen of American Lakes,” due to its sparkly clear waters and unforgettable vistas.

    …that Lake George was featured in a spectacular two page full color spread in the New York Times and mentioned on the Wall Street Journal Report’s “Family Destination Segment” and was voted number 5 out of 20 in “Boater’s World” for favorite family boater destination!!!!  And that’s not all: Lake George was rated #1 in the East and #5 in the country as a “desirable family vacation destination,” as reported in Smart Money Magazine. Further, that a survey by over 5000 Harley Davidson motorcyclists selected the Lake George Region as on of the best vacation areas in the U.S. in part for its scenic roads, recreation, mountain lakes, streams as well as lodging, dining, and affordability.

    …that The 17 mile Warren County Bikeway – which joggers, cyclists, walkers, and any other mode of non-octane movement may traverse from Lake George to Fort Edward – now has signage highlighting historical attractions with maps, photos, and paintings, all for the purpose of acknowledging and honoring the heritage of Warren County.

    …that “Diamond Island.” located three miles north of Lake George Village, was named for the beautiful quartz crystals which were found there and mistaken for diamonds.

    …that Lake George has its own underwater park. The Submerged Heritage Preserves is a series of shipwrecks which lie at the bottom of the lake. During the French & Indian War, the British deliberately sank hundreds of their boats in Lake George in order to avoid their capture. Today the park is a popular site for divers. Bateau Below, a group dedicated to documenting & researching these shipwrecks, has attained recognition for the site as a national landmark.

    …that Lake George was featured in a spectacular two page full color spread in the New York Times and mentioned on the Wall Street Journal Report’s “Family Destination Segment” and was voted number 5 out of 20 in “Boater’s World” for favorite family boater destination!!!! And that’s not all: Lake George was rated #1 in the East and #5 in the country as a “desirable family vacation destination,” as reported in Smart Money Magazine. Further, that a survey by over 5000 Harley Davidson motorcyclists selected the Lake George Region as on of the best vacation areas in the U.S. in part for its scenic roads, recreation, mountain lakes, streams as well as lodging, dining, and affordability.

    …that the Lake George Region was acknowledged in the July 1999 issue of SMART MONEY Magazine as one of eight “best family destination areas” in the country out of more than 200 communities throughout the nation. Judging was based on close proximity to the Adirondack Mountains, Saratoga thoroughbred race track, the area’s colonial and revolutionary history, and amusement parks and attractions. Judging criteria also weighed in on lodging accommodations, family activities, regional scenery, proximity to major metropolitan areas, local educational values, and finally; things to do on a rainy day.

    …that the Lake George Region was selected as one of the best vacation areas in the U.S. according to a recent survey of over 5000 Harley- Davidson motorcyclists across the country. This was due in large part not only for its scenic roadways, but also for its recreational facilities, beauty of the mountains, lakes, and streams as well as lodging, dining and affordability.

    …that the Lake George Region (specifically our Warren County) has more beds available to accommodate travelers and visitors to the area than any other county in New York State, except New York City.


    Adirondack Park & Adirondack Mountains

    …that the six million-acre Adirondack Park is the largest in the contiguous U.S. It is by comparison as large as Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Everglades, Great Smoky National Park, and the Grand Canyon collectively. It is nearly three times the size of Yellowstone National Park.

    …that New York State’s Adirondack Park is a 6 million acre tract of public and private land occupying 1/5 of New York state’s total land mass comprising approximately 11 counties and is the size of Vermont. It is almost 2,000 feet above sea level containing more than 2,600 lakes, 6,000 miles of wild rivers, 750 miles of marked hiking trails, 1,100 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, 250 miles of canoe routes, and 5,000 square miles bordered on the north by the St. Lawrence Seaway; to the south by the Mohawk River; on the east by Lake Champlain; and to the west by the Black River.

    …that there is no comparable river system in North America as that of the Adirondack Boundary Rivers which surround the geologic Adirondack region of 13,000 square miles (25% of New York State’s total area.) It’s bordered by the St. Lawrence River to the north, Lake Champlain on the east, Mohawk River south, and the Black River in the west. The system is fed by waters from mile-high Adirondack peaks and over 1000 lower mountains, over 2,300 lakes, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams and 540,000 acres of wetlands.

    …that the Adirondacks contain some of the oldest recognized rocks dating back 1.2 billion years on the basis of scientifically certified standards.

    …that Ebenezer Emmons, a geologist, was the first person to climb New York State’s highest mountain in 1837, that he named “Marcy” after New York States first governor. This Adirondack high peak is the well-known Mount Marcy.Emmons was also the first person to apply the name “ADIRONDACK” to the mountains which was derived from the Mohawk , “ha–de-ron-dah or the “ barkeater “which described the Algonquin Indian tribe who sometimes subsisted on Spruce bark during the winters.

    …that the Adirondack Park has the largest assemblage of old growth forests east of Mississippi River and contains 105 communities, towns and villages.

    …that the Adirondacks are among the oldest mountain rages in the world and were higher than the Rockies before the glaciers wore them down during the Ice Age. that there are more than 2800 lakes & ponds, 1500 miles of river and 30,000 miles of brooks and streams throughout the Adirondacks.

    …that Lake Champlain along with the Hudson, Black, St. Lawrence, and Mohawk Rivers all draw their water from the Adirondack Park.


    History

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    Adirondack Museum

    …that the Adirondack Museum was called “The Smithsonian of the Adirondacks” by National Geographic Traveler and “The Best of its kind in the world” by the New York Times?


    Bolton Landing

    …that nearly all of the islands of Lake George are located within the town of Bolton’s boundaries.

    ..that one of the most popular hiking trail systems is the Tongue Mountain Range in the Bolton Landing area. This system consists of approximately 25 miles of trails with many spectacular views of the lake and mountain ranges.

    . …that Bolton Landing, located on beautiful Lake George, formed on March 25, 1799, separating from the town of Thurman.

    …that Bolton Landing on Lake George is the portal to discovering Lake George Island Camping. There are 387 shoreline campsites and 116 day use or picnic sites located on 44 state owned islands.

    …that one of the most popular hiking trail systems is the Tongue Mountain Range in the Bolton Landing area. This system consists of approximately 25 miles of trails with many spectacular views of the lake and mountain ranges.

    …that Bolton Landing has 3 public beaches which are available at no charge to visitors to the area: Huddle Beach off 9N, and Rogers Memorial Park and Veteran’s Memorial Park on Main Street.

    ..that Pumpernickel’s Restaurant in Bolton Landing is the home of the largest cuckoo clock in the United States.


    Garnet Mine Tours

    …that the Barton Mines Corporation of North River is one of the oldest and largest continuing garnet mining operations in the world and the oldest in New York State that produces up to 90% of the world’s industrial garnet, the major portion of which is used in making sandpaper and polishing abrasives.

    …that one of the world’s largest concentrations and formations of January’s birthstone, garnet, was discovered mining in the 1870’s in North River. Barton Mines, the “longest running family-owned industry” was established in 1878, and tours of the mine have been offered since 1933.

    …that in 1969, garnet was named New York State’s official gemstone.

    …that the cornerstone of the new Freedom Tower, which will be the tallest skyscraper at the site of Ground Zero, New York City, is a 20-ton block of garnet 119 x 67 x 47 inch piece of rock quarried at the Garnet Mines in North River, NY.  Within the block run sparkling spots of beautiful red garnet and layers of jade-green horn-blende and charcoal-colored feldspar.

    …that garnet is New York’s official state gemstone, and is most appropriate that it is part of the foundation of the Freedom Tower, which is inscribed, “To honor and remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and is a tribute to the enduring spirit of freedom.”


    Golfing

    …that Golf Digest, the world’s largest circulated golf magazine has selected the Glens Falls / Lake George Region (Warren & Washington Counties) as # 2 out of the top ten places to live and to golf among the 300 plus metropolitan areas surveyed nationwide. Climate, quality of courses, green fees, and availability of tee times were some of the factors considered making the determination.

    …that the golf ball was originally made of tightly packed feathers wrapped in leather and had a top distance of 150 yards. By 1848, the ball was covered with a rubbery compound which increased the distance by 50 yards. Today, there are WOUND balls made of thin rubber thread wound tightly around a core of either solid rubber or some liquid which provide more spin and more control. Another kind is  Two-Piece balls that have a solid core with no rubber thread which are harder. Both types can be covered with rubber or some synthetic material and are dimpled to increase the ball’s distance and accuracy.


    Lake Champlain

    …that Lake Champlain, the 6th largest body of fresh water in the U.S. is regarded as having the best collection of historic shipwrecks in the nation.

    …that because Lake Champlain is only 95 feet above sea level, it is considered to be the lowest point in Adirondack Park.

    …that Lake Champlain along with the Hudson, Black, St. Lawrence, and Mohawk Rivers all draw their water from the Adirondack Park.

    …that the outlet of Lake George which is linked to Lake Champlain has been known as the “La Chute River,” drops 220 feet over a series of falls spread along its mile-long length.


    Lake George Steamboat Company

    …that the Lac du Saint Sacrement is a three quarter scale replica of the Old Hudson Dayline Vessel (S.S. Peter Stuyvesant).

    …that the MOHICAN (affectionately known as the MO) is 93 years old and is both the oldest passenger ship on Lake George and the longest continually running passenger ship in the country. The newly renovated “MO” will have: two new forward transverse bulkheads, handicapped accessible restrooms, a refinished pilot house and a fresh coat of paint.
    that the Minne-Ha-Ha is an authentic steam sternwheeler, and it is of only 5 major sternwheeler excursion steamboats.


    New York State Canal System

    …that the New York State Canal System consists of four segments; the 70-mile Erie Canal Trail between Lockport and Fairport; the 36-mile Old Erie Canal State Park Trail between Rome and DeWitt; the 25-mile Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway between Cohoes and Rotterdam, and the 8-mile Glens Falls Feeder Canal Trail between Glens Falls and Fort Edward!

    …that the New York Canal System connects the Great Lakes with the Hudson River and five waterways in Canada.

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