North Creek in Warren County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Adirondack Railway Company
The Adirondack Railway Company of Thomas Clark Durant built the line from Saratoga Springs to North Creek between 1865 and 1871, leaving unrealized other dreams of laying track as far as the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. The line’s first locomotive was The General Hancock, shown above in 1865.
The railroad’s backers dreamed of vast profits transporting Adirondack timber and high grade iron ore discovered 30 miles north of here, at Tahawus. But insurmountable financial woes stopped expansion, and the railroad was later purchased by the Delaware and Hudson Company.
For nearly a century the D&H prospered, with trains bringing tourists, summer residents and winter recreationists to the Adirondacks. Lumber and locally mined garnet were shipped to the outside world. And finally, in 1944, the US government extended the railroad to Tahawus. The cargo then was not iron ore, but valuable titanium that was urgently needed during WW II. Passenger trains stopped running in 1956, done in by improved roads, and freight operations halted in 1989.
Erected by Barton Mines.
Topics. This historical Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1865.
Location. 43° 42.168′ N, 73° 59.336′ W. Marker is in North Creek, New York, in Warren County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5 Railroad Place, North Creek NY 12853, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. North Creek Depot (here, next to this marker); Barton Mines (here, next to this marker); Theodore Roosevelt (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Theodore Roosevelt (a few steps from this marker); Welcome to North Creek (a few steps from this marker); North Creek Railway Station (a few steps from this marker); Engine House (a few steps from this marker); North Creek Turntable (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in North Creek.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 169 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 30, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. 3. submitted on June 12, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.