Collections

Garnet miners with tools at Barton Mines in North Creek

Barton Mines in North River

This photo collection comes from the archives of the Adirondack Experience: The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, and offers a peek inside the Barton Mines operation from roughly 1900-1920. North River, NY.

North Country Trolleys

In population centers like Dexter and Watertown, street trolleys were common as a fast and easy mode of transportation. No more trolleys run North Country streets today, but we still have photos!

Fred Burns rowing a guide boat in Long Lake

On the Water in Adirondack Lakes

For decades, people have been enjoying the many bodies of water in towns like Long Lake, Saranac Lake, Cranberry Lake, and more. Guides took guests boating, steamboats took people on scenic trips, and boat builders crafted intricate canoes. Here are some of those photos.

Stacks in the Emporium Forestry Company lumber yard in Cranberry Lake

Operations of the Emporium Forestry Company in Cranberry Lake

The Emporium Forestry Company was one of the largest hardwood loggers in the Adirondacks, with mills and logging sites across the region. Their operations in Cranberry Lake churned out thousands of feet of cut and milled lumber. Collected here are some photos from each stage of that process.

Mose Garrow loading ore into tram cars in Lyon Mountain

Iron Mining in Lyon Mountain

Collected here are photos of iron mining in the hamlet of Lyon Mountain in the Town of Dannemora. The mines, which opened in the 1800s, were originally open-pit but eventually transitioned into underground mining. Although they were originally owned by the Chateaugay Ore & Iron Company, the mines were bought by Republic Steel in the late 1930s. To see […]

Armed Forces in the North Country

Firing cannons, digging trenches, and driving tanks through downtown Heuvelton are just a couple of things armed forces have been up to in our region. There has been a strong military presence in Watertown and Plattsburgh dating back to the 19th century. Gathered here are photos of the armed forces in our region from the 1890s […]

Offices of The Hammond Advertiser in Hammond

Printing Newspapers Across the North Country

Before digital printing, there was the hot type press. Printing the local newspaper involved complicated metal machinery and clouds of smoke. Here are some photos of this process. For more information, check out our story on printing at the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

Telephone operator taking calls in Colton

Operating Telephone Switchboards in the North Country

Not too long ago, making a phone call meant talking to an operator. The operator sat in front of a wall full of little holes, each representing different lines. As calls came in, they plugged cords in and out of the switchboard. Collected here are photos of people doing just. For more information, check out […]

Quarrying Marble in Gouverneur

This collection of photos comes from Gouverneur at the turn of the 20th century, when marble was the economic driver of the town. Gouverneur marble was  known for its high quality and was shipped all over the United States. Nicknamed “Marble City,” the town was home to nine companies at the height of production. For […]