Christy Mathewson Cottage

The Old Military Road approached Saranac Lake from Bloomingdale, it turned in from the Saranac River near the present Trudeau Road and came out through what became Highland Park, descending Grove Street to the river again, crossing an old wooden bridge (later replaced with an iron one) near Baker's. Later, it was re-routed along the river, leaving the Azel Lathrop farm cut off from the main road. (The above account of the route of the Old Military Road, based on Donaldson's History of the Adirondacks, does not take into account the segment of the Old Military Road that bypasses Lake Placid. Mary MacMackenzie spelled out the route of the Northwest Bay/Old Military Road in her article in the Franklin Historical Review. Donaldson seems to have combined the routes of two "Old Military Roads.") 1

The present Saranac Lake village street called Old Military Road is a segment of the original Northwest Bay/Old Military Road. Deed evidence indicates that at one time this village street was called Highland Avenue. Another segment still bearing its original name bypasses Lake Placid. A state historic marker near the intersection of the "new" Lake Colby Road and Trudeau Road identifies the loop at the entry to Camp Colby/Camp Intermission and behind Tissot's Constuction as the Northwest Bay Road.

See also

Old Address Post-911 Address Building Name Cure Evidence/Notes
Starts at Park Avenue
2 Old Military Road 35 Old Military Road 2 Old Military Road DIS
6 Old Military Road Old Military Road 6 Old Military Road DIS
8 Old Military Road 23 Old Military Road 8 Old Military Road USC1925, TBSOC, DIS
12 Old Military Road 35 Old Military Road 12 Old Military Road TBSWC, USC1925, DIS
16 Old Military Road 57 Old Military Road Katherine McClellan Studio Image
Old Military Road 67 Old Military Road    
18 Old Military Road 65 Old Military Road 18 Old Military Road USC1925
20 Old Military Road 71 Old Military Road    
21 Old Military Road 66 Old Military Road 281 Park Avenue Christy Mathewson Cottage

USC1925,

Cure Cottages, pp. 119-123

22 Old Military Road 73 Old Military Road Dr. McClellan House

TBSWCDIS 1912,

Image,

Cure Cottages, p. 116

23 Old Military Road 76 Old Military Road 23 Old Military Road  
24 Old Military Road 73 Old Military Road Mrs. Bernay Cottage

DIS 1952

(see 22 OMR (?!)

25 Old Military Road 82 Old Military Road 25 Old Military Road  
26 Old Military Road   26 Old Military Road DIS 1928
28 Old Military Road 83 Old Military Road 28 Old Military Road DIS
Passes Mountain Road
30 Old Military Road 93 Old Military Road 30 Old Military Road USC1925
32 Old Military Road 97 Old Military Road 32 Old Military Road USC1925, DIS 1928
34 Old Military Road 103 Old Military Road Dr. McClellan Cottage

 TBSWCUSC1925DIS 1911

Image

Passes Grove Street
36 Old Military Road 115 Old Military Road Dr. Leroy U. Gardner's House USC1925
44 Old Military Road   44 Old Military Road DIS 1912
46 Old Military Road 125 Old Military Road 46 Old Military Road  
46 1/2 Old Military Road   46 1/2 Old Military Road DIS 1911
48 Old Military Road 137 Old Military Road 48 Old Military Road

 TBSWCUSC1925DIS 1911

Image

50 Old Military Road 145 Old Military Road 50 Old Military Road

USC1925DIS 1911USC1925DIS 1911,

Image

54 Old Military Road 155 Old Military Road 54 Old Military Road

TBSWCUSC1925,

Image

Comments

Footnotes

1. Donaldson, Alfred L. A History of the Adirondacks, New York: The Century Co., 1921, p. 269. (reprinted by Purple Mountain Press, Fleischmanns, NY, 1992)