1879 photograph by George Baldwin of Main Street from the top of Berkeley Hill. Evans Cottage is on the left.
from Alfred L. Donaldson's A History of the Adirondacks.
Born: April 26, 1849

Died: December 10, 1930 (from the tombstone)

Married: Margaret Jane Hargraves

Children: Dr. Jane North Baldwin

George W. Baldwin was a photographer who, with William L. Distin, and William F. Kollecker produced a rich collection of photographs of the area, that is largely preserved in the Adirondack Collection of the Saranac Lake Free Library

Other photographers working in the Adirondacks included Charles S. W. Baldwin, George M. Baldwin, and George C. Baldwin.

From the reverse: "Ausable train Station, also called 'Point of Rocks' station in old railroad timetables"
Also listed are the train's engineer and conductor, the drivers of the express wagon and three stage coaches,
and the "Concord coach from Loon Lake, Ferd Chase, prop.
6 horse was Fitch O'Brien's line to Saranac Lake, drivers Dan McKillip, Tuffield Latour and others." c. 1890
Courtesy of the Adirondack Experienc

From the album "Adirondack Sugar Bushes, Horseshoe, St. Lawrence Co., N.Y."
Horse Shoe Forestry Co. maple sugaring operation in St. Lawrence County.
Photographs by George W. Baldwin, 1901.
Courtesy of the Adirondack Experien
George W. Baldwin was the son of Jonathan and Elvira Baldwin of Jay. He began his photographic career in the 1870s and at various times in his career had studios in Port Henry, Elizabethtown, Keeseville and Plattsburgh. In 1890, he moved to Saranac Lake, and in 1892, he purchased the Lake Placid House.  In 1904, he sold his photography studio to to William L. Distin shortly before moving to Rutland, Vermont.

He advertised that he was a manufacturer of gold and plush picture frames, and a publisher of books depicting Adirondack scenes. He also made stereoscopic slides which were enhanced with a rustic border. Some of his portraits have become family heirlooms and some are found in antique shops around the North Country.

Essex County Republican, December 19, 1930

George Baldwin

The death of George Baldwin, photographer, well known for the quality of his work, in many communities of northern New York, where he had his studios in years gone by, occurred in a Rutland, Vt. hospital Dec. 9, where he was taken a week before suffering from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was 83 years of age.

He was widely known in this section for his artistic photography, having engaged in business at Ausable Forks, Keeeeville and Plattsburgh before going to Saranac Lake, where the late William L. Distin became associated with him for a time.  His body was removed to Ausable Forks Friday and services were held on Friday afternoon. The Masonic burial service was held at the grave by Tahawus Lodge between 12 and 1 o’clock and many former friends of the deceased were present at the service.

Surviving are a daughter, Dr. Jane Baldwin, who has been a member of the faculty at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie for 25 years, and a sister of Pasadena, Cal.

Plattsburgh Sentinel, December 23, 1930


George Baldwin, well known as a photographer, in several places in New York state died in a Rutland, Vt., hospital Dec. 9th. He was injured in an auto accident a week before. Mr, Baldwin was 83 years of age.

Mr. Baldwin had photograph galleries at Ausable Forks, Keeseville and Plattsburgh and later at Saranac Lake where he was associated with the late William L. Distin.

The funeral was held at Ausable Forks. Friday, Dec. 12th.

He is survived by a daughter Dr. Jane Baldwin who has been on the faculty of Vassar College, for 23 years. He also has a sister living in Pasadena, Cal.

For other photographs by GW Baldwin, see


See also: Saranac Lake Village, c. 1885