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Old 12-20-2018, 08:39 PM   #1
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McIntyre Mines and village of Tahawus


Borrowing Hear the Footsteps idea of linking to an Adirondack Experience photo/Diorama I thought I would do the same. Above is a link to a fascinating set of photos of the diorama at the museum in Blue Mountain Lake. It shows what they believe the village of McIntyre looked like in 1847. Click on the individual photos in the Diorama and they enlarge. The blast furnace (tallest building) was built in 1844 and remains of it can be found today at the Upper Works parking lot just 15 feet off the lower lot (to the east and in the woods). A little closer to the river one can find the remains of the blow tubes and wheel (these are shown in the building to the right). Remains of the puddling furnace exist as do the charcoal storage sheds just behind the blast furnace. These 3 sheds were just off the upper parking lot and west of it a few feet (also in the woods). They exist today as mounds. The cleared hill behind shows the charcoal kilns and if one looks around the area carefully one can find where the ore was mined (blasted). The other photos I posted below show the progression of the village. The sketch was made in the late 1850s and at this point the village was deserted. It shows the charcoal sheds in the far back left, the 1844 blast furnace as the tallest rear building (left/center) and the school in the foreground center (identified by the cupola) as well as the boarding house with all the windows. Across from the boarding house was the house that still stands today and is the building where soon to be President Roosevelt stayed in 1900. It can be identified by the small structure attached to it which served as the bank for the mining village. The postcard is from the late 1880s and it shows the boarding house, Roosevelt cottage (with a pine tree partially hiding it), the charcoal shed remains in the background upper left and the school now down near the river next to an old sawmill. The school was moved to serve as a fish hatchery for the newly formed Preston Ponds sportsman club (formed in 1877). The next photo is from the 1890s and it is similar to the postcard except it shows the first cottage built by a club member (Preston Ponds/Tahawus Club). This cottage is the large building in the rear left of the photo and existed until just a few years ago. It was just before and left of the current parking lots. The final photo simply shows the club in the 1920s or 1930s. This photo was taken from the porch of the Roosevelt cottage and shows several of the newer cottages built for and by the club members. These cottages existed until just a few years ago..
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