Collections

Carrying lumber by sea plane in the Town of Webb

Seaplanes in the Adirondacks

Thick forests and deep snow make many parts of the Adirondacks hard to access. Enter the seaplane. With floats instead of landing wheels, these planes could land anywhere with a sizable body of water, giving increased access to many parts of the Adirondacks park. As a result, seaplanes were used to do everything from stocking fish to […]

Pine Camp troops in formation in Jefferson County

Pine Camp, now Fort Drum, in the 1930s and 40s

Pine Camp, a military base in Jefferson County, started in 1908. It was renamed Camp Drum in 1951, and finally Fort Drum in 1974. At all stages it was used for winter military training and was home to the 10th Mountain Division. Here is a collection of photos taken at Pine Camp between 1930 and 1950.

Scaling logs in the Adirondacks

Log stacks across the North Country

Logging is an essential part of the North Country’s history. For years, men stacked logs atop wagons and bobsleds and pulled them where they needed to go. They would also pile them beside rivers and then release them, floating the logs downriver to their destination. Collected here are photos of these log stacks from across the […]

Jane Garvey posting transactions at the Champlain National Bank in Willsboro

Inside branches of the Champlain National Bank

These North Country at Work photos come to us from Jacqueline Hallock, who submitted them via the NC@Work website – they’re all from inside branches of the Champlain National Bank, ranging from the 1950s to the early 1970s. Take a look at tellers hand filing checks, posting transactions to the General Ledger, and working the […]

Loading logs onto a bobsled in Canton

Early 1900s logging operation in Canton

This collection of photos comes from the St. Lawrence County Historical Association, and shows the step-by-step work of a small logging outfit during the winter, circa 1900-1915. In the Canton area. Names of men working unknown.

St. Regis Paper Company shifter engine near Deferiet

St. Regis Paper Company in Deferiet

Deferiet is the quintessential company town, as are many towns and communities across the North Country. In Deferiet, the ‘company’ was the St. Regis Paper Company, which employed hundreds of residents in its heyday. Deferiet was also the site of an early paper union strike, which you can read more about here. For descriptions of life […]

Snowplow and passenger train collision in the Town of De Kalb 2

Blizzards in the North Country

Snow is one thing Northern New York can count on. Collected here are all the blizzard photos we’ve collected from across the region.

Steam shovel loading ore in Benson Mines

Real Photo Postcards and Photos by North Country Photographer Henry M. Beach

Many of the photos held by institutions and museums around the North Country were taken by photographer Henry M. Beach – he was a prolific artist and traveled all over the region capturing scenes of life and business. You can read our full North Country at Work article about him here.  This collection of his […]