Ice Castle in Lake Clear. About 250 friends and family of owners Jay and Guy Dawson gathered, at the Major's Inn in Lake Clear to celebrate New Year's Eve last Friday. The Major's inn, which has been closed since 1979 was famous speakeasy in the 1920s and re-opened only for the one night to see out the millennium. Adirondack Daily Enterprise, January 5, 2000 Adirondack Daily Enterprise, March 17, 1955 Address: New York Route 30, Lake Clear

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Year built: Before 1934

Major Dawson's Inn or Hall was a restaurant and/or speakeasy on New York Route 30 in Lake Clear operated by Major Dawson from 1934 to 1970. He also operated cottages and apartments on the property.

Kathryn Cummings was an employee at the Inn

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, May 7, 1948


Plans for a dance to be held at Major Dawson's on the Lake Clear-Saranac Inn highway in the near future were made by members of the Saranac Lake Fish and Game club at their meeting ]ast night…

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, March 16, 1960

Merely Local

By Bill McLaughlin

…Red [Plumadore] was also a pretty good "bouncer" and worked a few summers at Major Dawson's tossing out obstreperous customers among which occasionally numbered myself. It was no use arguing the point when Red started for you. Major Dawson used to handle these chores himself when times were dull but the summer boom forced him to bring In the collegiate Strangler Lewis.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, June 3, 1976

...Another activity at 1 Sunday is the men's softball game between Major's Inn and the College Inn Crawlers. Because the teams are well-matched, if Major's wins, they will play Ross' Park to determine the winner of this threesome. Rick Cassidy reports there have been good turnouts at the games so far; let's keep up the support...

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