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Near Blue Mountain Lake in Hamilton County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Lake Durant

 
 
Lake Durant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, July 6, 2011
1. Lake Durant Marker
Inscription.
Lake Durant
Named in Honor Of
William West Durant
1850 - 1934
Who Devoted Much of his Life To
Developing the Adirondacks And
Making Known their Beauties

 
Erected 1936.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
 
Location. 43° 50.728′ N, 74° 24.368′ W. Marker is near Blue Mountain Lake, New York, in Hamilton County. Marker can be reached from New York State Route 30. Click for map. Marker is inset on a large boulder which faces the roadside rest area, originally a part of Route 28, opposite Lake Durant. Marker is in this post office area: Blue Mountain Lake NY 12812, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Adirondacks (here, next to this marker); Fire Tower (approx. 2.1 miles away); Pioneer Bridge (approx. 3.2 miles away).
 
Regarding Lake Durant. Originally known as the "34 Flow", Lake Durant was created by the lumbering industry to impound water used in the rafting of logs to downstream sawmills on the Hudson River. After use for lumbering, the area was left with flood
Lake Durant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, July 6, 2011
2. Lake Durant Marker
killed trees. During the 1933-1935 period, the flooded area was cleared by Civil Works Administration crews. A new dam was constructed by Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) crews.

In August of 1936, the 327-acre lake was christened as "Lake Durant", and dedicated for "recreational purposes" to the general public. In 1939, the Conservation Department approved plans for the development of Lake Durant Campground. The campground opened in 1948.

William West Durant was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1850, and died in 1934. Durant's second wife, Annie Cotton, dedicated the plaque in 1936. Durant built three great camps in the Adirondacks; The Sagamore, Uncas, and Pine Knot. Each of these camps have been designated National Historic Landmarks.
 
Additional keywords. Great Camps
 
Categories. Horticulture & ForestryMan-Made Features
 
Lake Durant Marker & Lake Durant Beyond Route 28/30 image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, July 6, 2011
3. Lake Durant Marker & Lake Durant Beyond Route 28/30
Lake Durant with Lillypads image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, July 6, 2011
4. Lake Durant with Lillypads
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 401 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on , by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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