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Potsdam in Saint Lawrence County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Sandstoner Park

Potsdam Raquette River Walk

 
 
Sandstoner Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 29, 2015
1. Sandstoner Park Marker
Inscription.
(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].

Recreation
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.

Sewage Treatment
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 also resulted in a cleaner river. Sewage treatment plant, 2010.
 
Location. 44° 40.356′ N, 74° 59.801′ W.
Sandstoner Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 29, 2015
2. Sandstoner Park Marker
By the north corner of the parking lot.
Marker is in Potsdam, New York, in Saint Lawrence County. Marker can be reached from Pine Street (New York State Route 345) 0.1 miles north of Mechanic Street. Touch for map. Marker is by the north corner of the parking lot, far from the Pine Street entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 43 Pine Street, Potsdam NY 13676, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pulp Grinding Limestone Wheels (a few steps from this marker); 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); a different marker also named Potsdam Raquette River Walk (approx. 0.6 miles away); St. Lawrence Academy (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Potsdam Raquette River Walk (approx. 0.7 miles away); Town of Potsdam (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Potsdam.
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkEnvironmentWaterways & Vessels
 
Sandstoner Park & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 29, 2015
3. Sandstoner Park & Marker
Sandstoner Park from River's Edge image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 29, 2015
4. Sandstoner Park from River's Edge
Back of marker is by the Pepsi machine against the facility building.
Raquette River at Sandstoner Park image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 29, 2015
5. Raquette River at Sandstoner Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 125 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 13, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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