Teddy Roosevelt Was Climbing Marcy in Marcy in the Days After McKinley Was Shot But Before He Died

North Country Public Radio has a wonderful story featuring Teddy Roosevelt impersonator Joe Wiegand describing the trip Teddy took from Mount Marcy/Lake Tear of the Clouds to North Creek Station and on to Buffalo to become president after the shooting of William McKinley. The “interview” notes that Roosevelt was not on the mountain when the shots were fired. Advisors had recommended after the shooting that Roosevelt take a vacation to assure the public that McKinley was o.k. It was on the vacation that Roosevelt got word that McKinley had taken a turn for the worse and that is when he came down the mountain. McKinley was shot on September 1, 1901 but died on September 14.

Link to Adirondack Attic Description of the Events

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1935 Taum Sauk Trip Report: Park at the Goat Herder’s Cabin

Here’s an amusing 1935 Taum Sauk trip report noting that you need to park the goat herders cabin. The report says:

To go to Taum Sauk the mountain climber needs to give attention to explicit directions. The Girardeans took Highway 21 from Ironton to Hogan, near Tip Top, and then turned off a little used road to the right. This road led into inaccessible country. They parked their car after a jolting trip, at the cabin of a Greek goat herder by the name of Mechin. From there it was about 3 miles to the home of John Huff, whose house is the last one encountered before arriving at the mountain, which is approximately 5 miles from Huff’s cabin. The quartet took about 1-1/2 hours in climbing the mountain, and spent another hour resting at the top.

The visitors were told by Mechin and Huff that there is a waterfall on Wildcat Mountain, an auxillary mountain to Taum Sauk, and that few people know of this fact. Prof. Duckworth, an authority on the state’s geological history, said he had never of it previously. It was sighted, almost hidden, from the summit of Taum Sauk.

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Shadows of the Past Program Details Rainier’s History at Longmire

The lantern-lit Trail of the Shadows of the Past is looking for volunteers for its special program detailing early Rainier residents James Longmire, Philemon Beecher Van Trump and Fay Fuller

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