Potsdam in St. Lawrence County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Potsdam Raquette River Walk
(above) These turn-of-the-century boaters are using oared craft resembling Adirondack guideboats. Note that couples usually face each other. (right) Canoeing had two surges in popularity: once in the 1900s, as shown here and again in the 1950s. Courtesy of the Potsdam Museum [both pictures].
For most of its recorded history, the Raquette was appreciated for its practical uses to society as a transportation route and a source of food, water, and power. As its use in local industry declined in the twentieth century, its recreational use grew. Photographers, painters, and walkers now visit its shores, and boaters and swimmers enjoy its waters.
The village had no sewage treatment system until 1886, when pipes were laid around the village to collect waste. Even then, waste was simply released untreated into the river at Raymond Street. Shoreline residents had to endure mosquito swarms and bad smells in summer, and children were advised not to swim downriver of those pipes.
A sewage treatment plant was built nearby in 1969 and returns clean water to the river. Decline of local shoreline industry
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Environment • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1886.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 44° 40.356′ N, 74° 59.801′ W. Marker was in Potsdam, New York, in St. Lawrence County. Marker could be reached from Pine Street (New York State Route 345) 0.1 miles north of Mechanic Street. Marker is by the north corner of the parking lot, far from the Pine Street entrance. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 43 Pine Street, Potsdam NY 13676, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Potsdam Raquette River Walk (approx. 0.4 miles away); Potsdam Raquette River Walk - Hydro Site (approx. half a mile away); James McCormick (approx. half a mile away); St. Lawrence Academy (approx. 0.6 miles away); They Live with Us in Grateful Memory of their Sacrifice (approx. 0.7 miles away); Town of Potsdam (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Clarkson-Knowles Cottage (approx. ¾ mile away); Potsdam Fire Department Members Who Served in World War II (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Potsdam.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 189 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on June 8, 2021, by Robert Rusaw of Massena, New York. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 13, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.