Historic Saranac Lake operates this online archive of local history. In five years this project has grown to over five thousand pages. You can add your knowledge by clicking on the "Edit" button to get started, or add a Comment in the box at the bottom of most pages. You can create an account to keep track of your edits and communicate more easily with other users. You can add new articles or make additions to existing ones. Search for any term in the search box at top right of every page. This site is monitored by Historic Saranac Lake staff and volunteers.
About Saranac Lake
Saranac Lake is a village of five thousand, located near the center of the Adirondacks. This wiki includes all the neighboring communities that make up the Saranac Lake Central School District. These communities share much of the history of the "outdoor life" of the region for both work and recreation, going back to the early nineteenth century. In the late nineteenth century, Saranac Lake became an internationally known center for treating tuberculosis, a contagious disease that afflicted people in the prime of life, and killed many of those who contracted it. That history profoundly affected the village and its surrounding area, from its architecture to the astonishing variety of people who were drawn here in hope of a cure, many of whom stayed on. For a time it was also a center for winter sports, hosting international competitions well before nearby Lake Placid hosted the 1932 Winter Olympics. See also: A History of Saranac Lake and Saranac Lake Timeline.
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- Boating and Boat Building
- The Circus
- Ice Harvesting
- Silent Films
- Winter Carnival
- Cure Cottages
- Great Camps
- Restaurants, Nightclubs and Speakeasies
- Properties on the National Register of Historic Places
- Sports Venues
- Architectural firms
- Commercial Private Sanatoria
- Clothing Stores
- Electric Companies
- Grocery Stores
- Radio Stations
- Roadside Attractions
Historic Carries (Portages)
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• 12/30/2013 These photographs were sent to us by Michael Specht, son of Malcolm A. Specht, who camped on the north shore of Pope Bay in Lower Saranac Lake from 1939 to about 1960. Please contact us if you can identify this gentleman.
Historic Adirondack Camps (Private)
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2013-03-30 20:10:40 I am a childhood friend of Irene La Pan Peck, we have lost contact over the years. I'm trying to locate my best friend I last spoke to her in New England. Elizabeth Levensky ( Iskyan). [email protected] —Elizabethlevensky
2013-03-30 20:33:43 I'm afraid all I can find is a 1981 news story indicating that she had moved from New Hampshire to Salado, Texas. Good luck! —Mwanner