NEWCOMB, NY (September 28, 2017)—The Open Space Institute (OSI) today announced the opening of two interpretative trails at the Tahawus property in the Adirondacks. The trails will guide visitors from the northern parking area, through the Village of Adirondac, and down to the 1856 Blast Furnace, and feature educational panels along the way.
The Tahawus property, located in the Town of
Newcomb in Essex County, NY, was once the site of major mining and smelting
operations in the 19th century.
Attracting 10 million visitors annually, the
High Peaks Wilderness Area is the best known, most heavily used, and largest
wilderness in the Adirondack Park. Many of those visitors pass through the
Village of Adirondac and the OSI property which protects the headwaters to the
Hudson River and serves as the southern gateway to the High Peaks.
In September 1901, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt was visiting the Tahawus hunting and fishing club when he received a piece of stunning news: President McKinley, struck by an assassin’s bullet, was dying in Buffalo. It was from Tahawus that Roosevelt embarked on his famous “Midnight Ride to the Presidency,” setting out in a buckboard wagon to North Creek Train Station.