Why the Wilderness is called Adirondack- Purple Mountain Press


by Henry Dornburgh

From "The Origin of the Great Name of the Adirondacks":

"In the year 1822, the Indians traveling through the wilderness from Lake George to Keene, following the course of the streams and rivers, discovered a large vein of ore running across the North river where the old deserted village now stands. The Indians on their way through to Keene by way of the Indian pass, or upon their arrival at Keene, found a forge owned by Archibald McIntyre in full blast making iron. Looking at the ore and then at the iron they saw how it was converted from the raw material into iron. They concluded to inform Mr. McIntyre of their discovery of an ore bed directly across the Hudson, and they gave such glowing descriptions of it that Mr.McIntyre was induced to return with them and examine the ore and its magnitude and location. Arriving at the place, he found (that) the bed of ore, upon examination, was as valuable as the Indians had represented, and paying them for their services he dismissed them. Steps were immediately taken to secure the land and Mr. McIntyre, having been comptroller of the state, was conversant with the wild lands and therefore knew how to locate. This was done by buying two townships, 46 and 47, Totton and Crossfields purchase, Essex County, New York. The ore at Keene not being valuable, Mr. McIntyre abandoned that enterprise and associating with him Judge McMartin, of Broadalbin, commenced operations in 1826 at this new field by erecting a forge and (a) building suitable for separating ore, and also erected a log building to accommodate their men."

32 pages, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.5
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