Lake Placid News, January 28, 1927Lake Placid News, June 4, 1937Evergreen Cabins Evergreen Cabins Address: New York Route 86 in Ray Brook

Other names: Evergreen Tea Room and Cabins, Evergreen Cabins

Year built: c. 1920s

Evergreen Camps is a tourist facility in Ray Brook owned in the 1950s by Cal Howard, who also owned the Tail o' the Pup restaurant. It was later acquired by Ed Yanchitis.

Lake Placid News, June 27, 1930

LARGE FURNISHED SUMMER camp for sale or rent. One mile from Saranac Lake village. Inquire Grant Brown, Evergreen Camp, Ray Brook, N. Y.

Adirondack Record-Elizabethtown Post, July 6, 1933

Evergreen Tea Room Ray Brook

On April 16, 1932, J. A. Whitney succeeded Mrs. M. A. Sweeney to the ownership of the Evergreen Tea Room, where real Bar-B-Q, and home cooked chicken and steak dinners are served. Groceries supplies and beer, all of the best quality, are sold here.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, May 23, 1952

CHARCOAL RED HOTS, BEEF-burgers and steak sandwiches again at Evergreen Camps on the Lake Placid road. The original Red Hot Stand at Ray Brook starting Saturday will be open from 11 a.m. to midnite daily, with Eleanor Blum on days and Sally LeClair on the evening shift. Swift's Premium meats used exclusively.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, April 25, 1959

Mr. Cal Howard of Newfane, has returned to Ray Brook where he is in the process of opening Evergreen Camps for the summer.

Lake Placid News, August 16, 1969

Planning board finds illegal signs popping up

Edward Yanchitis, one of the owners of the Cal Howard Evergreen Motel property in Ray Brook, told the board he didn't believe he had too many signs up and simply wanted to complete any paper work to bring the signs into compliance with the code.

After previous conversations with Jim Morganson, code enforcement officer, on illegal signs last month, the property was brought into compliance, according Yanchitis.

But according to board members, illegal signs have been popping up, such as a "cold beer" sign which has been sighted leaning up against a building, truck, a post, and other places.

"I have a business to run," said Yanchitis. "I have to pay bills for 12 months, but I am only open three and a half months in the summer."

Yanchitis pointed out that he has 600 feet of road frontage and that three businesses are situated on the property.

One of the businesses is a real estate firm run by Karen Dillon, who had approached the board in June asking for permission to put up a business sign. She was told by the board that because of the number of signs already on the property, she would have to work something out with the owner. The board also told her that the sign could not be within 75 feet to the principle sign of the property, which would be the Cal Howard Evergreen sign. Since there was not enough footage to put up the sign, and Yanchitis refused to move the Evergreen sign, Dillon's sign was not permitted.

When asked how many signs he had on the property, Yanchitis said, "I don't know, five or six, maybe."

"I counted 11," said board member Larry Perryea.

Chairman Kim Daby suggested that representatives of the board accompany Morganson to the property and figure out just how many signs were allowed by standards set in the code, before making any final judgments or decisions.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, August 31, 1989

HEATED CABINS W/KITCHENS. Weekly or monthly. Evergreen Camps, Ray Brook.

From the Lake Placid-North Elba Historic Preservation Commission survey, September 20, 1991, Ray Brook Auto Tourist Accommodations:

The Evergreen Camps (formerly Cal Howard's Evergreen Camp, a name still found embroidered on the woolen blankets; the business was once known as Cal's) consist of rustic cabins with wide, rough-edged clapboard (locally known as wainey-edge, or "brainstorm," siding) and knotty pine interiors. Eleven of the cabins have kitchens, and a number have two bedrooms, for a total of twenty-one rooms. The rustic cabins are arranged on two sides of a triangle in which the road is the longest leg. A playground, picnic tables, and grills are located in the central pine grove. . . .

"Cal Howard's Evergreen Camp," in operation since at least the late 1920s, must have served some of the earliest auto tourists who arrived in significant numbers. As well as providing inexpensive vacation quarters, Cal's and the other cabin colonies may have accommodated families and friends who were visiting patients at the nearby New York State Hospital for Incipient Pulmonary Tuberculosis, known among patients as "Ray Brook."

In the classification developed by Chester H. Liebs, Cal's fits the description of a "cabin camp," the first generation of permanent structures for auto tourists: "By the early 1930s, with the transition from tent camp to cabin camp virtually completed, the term "camp," which was still associated in the public's mind with run down lots full of auto gypsies, was generally dropped in favor of the word "court."

The Evergreen Camps are probably one of the very few surviving users of the name "camp" for this kind of facility, which Town Historian Mary MacKenzie calls "one of the oldest cabin colonies in the U.S."

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