Lakes, mountains, and wildlife drew a number of famous visitors to the Saranac Lake region. Tuberculosis drew more— whether they came as tuberculosis sufferers or as friends or family members of patients, thousands were brought here by the disease. Many stayed, even after the cure. Many more died here.

Whitelaw Reid, U.S. Ambassador to France, 1889 – 1892. Béla Bartók, 1927, photographer unknown (Wikipedia) Christy Mathewson, December 14, 1910 Veronica Lake, c. 1952

Fly Fishing, Saranac Lake, Winslow Homer, 1889. 
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