Sweeney Carry, Seneca Ray Stoddard, 1888 (Library of Congress) At the Wawbeek Inn end of Sweeney Carry, 1898, photograph by S. R. Stoddard
Courtesy of the Adirondack Experience
Sweeney Carry is a portage trail leading from the Raquette River three miles from Tromblee's Landing to Wawbeek on Upper Saranac Lake; while it is quite a long carry, it saves twelve miles and four hours time for those headed downstream on the Raquette.

Jesse Corey, the first settler on Upper Saranac Lake, built his first home at the north end of Sweeney Carry about 1830. It was named for John Sweeney who took over Corey's site and built a log lodge to accommodate an influx of sportsmen and their guides who were making their way across the carry.

Sweeney's Carry, Upper Saranac Lake, 1870. Photo by Adin French Styles.
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Malone Palladium, September 25, 1884

A part of page 92 of The Adirondacks, Illustrated, by Seneca Ray Stoddard, 1893 The case of the people of the State of New York, ex rel. JAS. H . PIERCE against OATMAN COVILL, EDGAR TROMBLEE and OLIVER TROMBLEE was an action for forcible, entry and detainer. It relates to possession of the Sweeney carry between Saranac lake and Racket River. Plaintiff claims ownership and alleges that defendants entered upon the premises during his absence some years ago, set his goods out of the buildings, and have retained possession since. We understand that defendants also claim title and deny the equities of plaintiffs claim, though in this proceeding they maintained only that even if plaintiff has any case his remedy does not lie in this form of action, and that the defendants who are sued jointly have no community of interests. The case was tried before the court without a jury. Decision reserved. W. P. CANTWELL for plaintiff; GILBERT & KELLAS for defendant.

Malone Palladium, January 29, 1885


STATE OF NEW YORK, Franklin County, ss.:—By virtue of several executions issued out of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, to me directed and delivered against the goods, chattels, lands and tenements of James H. Pierce, I have seized and taken all the right, title and interest which said James H. Pierce had on the 10th day of Dec., 1880, or may have since acquired of, in and to the following lands and premises, viz.: All that tract or parcel of land situate in the town of Harrietstown, formerly in the town of Brandon, in the county of Franklin, and State of New York, part or Great Tract No. one of Macomb's purchase, and in town ship 23 commencing at a point on the division line between the south-east and south-west quarters of township 23, aforesaid, at a point where the continuation of the line between the lot called the Johnson lot, and the land formerly occupied by William Daniels, running easterly would strike the said division line in the Upper Saranac Lake, thence westerly on the southerly line of the Johnson lot to a stake and stones, thence westerly on a line parallel with the road crossing from the said lake to Racquet River, said road being commonly called the Sweeny Carry; commencing again in a point in said Upper Saranac Lake and on the westerly side and 20 rods from the shore at low water mark, and southerly from the house where said Daniels formerly; lived, known as the easterly landing of said carry, and at a point where a continuous line in same course of a line surveyed by Samuel Smith for the southerly line of the Sweeny Carry lot would strike, thence westerly on the line as surveyed by Samuel Smith as the southerly line of the land occupied by said Daniels to a stake and stones, thence westerly on a line parallel with the line of the land occupied by said Daniels to a stake and stones, thence westerly on a line parallel with the aforesaid Sweeny Carry Road to Racquet River, thence northerly on the shore or edge of said river at low water mark or line to the point where the first mentioned line reached the said river, and bounded easterly on a straight line drawn from the two corners as heretofore located in the waters of said like, containing 1,600 acres of land, more or less, which I shall expose for sale as the law directs, at the front door of the Court House in Malone, N.Y. on Saturday, the 28th day of February, 1885, at ten o'clock in the forenoon.

Dated Jan'y 15, 1885. LYMAN J. FOLSOM, Sheriff.