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|
|216 NY 86|
|222 NY 86|
|225 NY 86|
|226 NY 86|
|232 NY 86|
|236 NY 86|
|237 NY 86|
|240 NY 86|
|243 NY 86|
|248 NY 86|
|249 NY 86|
|254 NY 86|
|259 NY 86|
|262 NY 86|
|265 NY 86|
|272 NY 86|
|273 NY 86|
|End of Easy Street|
|451 NY 86|
|NY 86||(Camp Gabriels)|
|Passes Bert LaFountain Road to the south Gabriels-Onchiota Road to the north|
|794 NY 86|
|806 NY 86|
|805 NY 86|
|815 NY 86|
|826 NY 86|
|878 NY 86|
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.
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.
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, August 11, 1953
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.
1. The Brighton Story, p. 54