New York Route 86 (NY 86) is a 39-mile long state highway that runs from Paul Smiths to Jay, New York. Much of the route follows the Old Military Road.

Early road work was done by the residents who lived along the road using equipment purchased by the town. In 1894, the Town of Brighton bought a stone crusher and put a crushed-stone surface on the road from Paul Smiths to Gabriels, and in 1916, the town put asphalt down on that section, the first paved road in the town. 1

The NY 86 route designation was established in 1930 when the state renumbered most state routes, largely replacing a realigned NY 3. The portion of NY 86 north of Harrietstown was once NY 192. The section from Saranac Lake to Lake Placid is known as the Sara-Placid Highway.

The section from Peck's Corners to the north end of Broadway, built in 1953, is named Lake Colby Drive. That section, and perhaps a bit farther north, was built on the abandoned right-of-way of the Mohawk and Malone Railroad, which accounts for its level grade.

Old Address Post-911 Address Cottage Name Cure Evidence/Notes
Easy Street
  216 NY 86 216 NY 86  
  222 NY 86 222 NY 86  
  225 NY 86 225 NY 86  
  226 NY 86 226 NY 86  
  232 NY 86 232 NY 86  
  236 NY 86 236 NY 86  
  237 NY 86 237 NY 86  
  240 NY 86 240 NY 86  
  243 NY 86 243 NY 86  
  248 NY 86 248 NY 86  
  249 NY 86  
  254 NY 86 254 NY 86  
  259 NY 86 259 NY 86  
  262 NY 86 262 NY 86  
  265 NY 86 265 NY 86  
  272 NY 86 272 NY 86  
  273 NY 86 273 NY 86  
    Pine Haven  
End of Easy Street
  451 NY 86 451 NY 86  
Gabriels
  NY 86 Gabriels Sanatorium  (Camp Gabriels)
Passes Bert LaFountain Road to the south Gabriels-Onchiota Road to the north
  794 NY 86 794 NY 86  
  806 NY 86 Gabriels Grange  
  NY 86 Ted's Grocery  
  805 NY 86 805 NY 86  
  815 NY 86 815 NY 86  
  826 NY 86 Church of the Assumption  
  878 NY 86 878 NY 86  
Harrietstown Road   Linden's Brookside Cabins  

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, October 15, 1952

ROUTE 86 PLAN UP FOR HEARING ON OCTOBER 28

Final plans for the improvement of the continuation of Route No. 10 coming down from Malone were made public today. They will be Up for approval at a public hearing to be held at 10 a.m. on October 28 in Malone.

The new road, actually a part of Route No. 86, is the result of the endeavors of Assemblyman Robert Main and the Franklin County Board of Supervisors headed by Hayward Plumadore, of Harrietstown. Completion of the highway improvement by the State will leave only one "bad entrance" to Saranac Lake — Route No. 3 from Tupper Lake.

And, Mr. Plumadore said today, this highway job is in category one on the State Highway Department's agenda.

The plans for the Route No. 86 improvement show a 1.79-mile highway extending from the point north of the Cohen store where the old railroad track crosses the present road to Durgan's.

In as straight a line as possible the proposed road runs from Cohen's store to he old New York Central Railroad tracks, then deviates from the present road and follows straight along the road bed of the old tracks, past the site of the old Latour ice house, along the edge of Colby Pond in as straight a line as possible, still following the old road bed to a point back of Durgan's. This is where the plans released today end.

To build the new road, varied properties will have to be acquired, including land owned by the railroad, Leon Latour, Mrs. William Morris and J. Bronson Trevor.


Adirondack Daily Enterprise, August 11, 1953

[T]he Village Trustees have another problem—getting a name for the new State road from Lake Colby that is now under construction.

Judge Gordon Vosburgh, representing the Harrietstown Town Board, attended last night's meeting of the Trustees to suggest that the Town and Village Boards hold a joint meeting to name the new entrance to town.

"The road will be finished in December," Judge Vosburgh said. "and it if it has no name there won't be any mail deliveries on it."

Mayor Anderson suggested "Morris Road", in honor of the late William Morris, or "Northwest Bay Road". Trustee Vernon Wamsganz mentioned "Lake Colby Boulevard". No action was taken by the Trustees who asked for suggestions from the public.

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Footnotes

1. The Brighton Story, p. 54