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Ways to trap tourists

March 28, 2014
Lake Placid News

To the editor:

Promote tourism from Pennsylvania to Canada along Route 30 (old Indian trail) with free overnight tent camping, firewood, a playground for kids and pets, dumping stations at state campgrounds large enough for new motor homes and trailers, a tourist map with side trips and free camping.

Some examples:

New farmers museums in Middleburgh

Promote fishing, hunting and trapping in the Park.

Build a snow machine and all-terrain vehicle trail along Route 30 from Pennsylvania to the Canadian border.

Open the old stone fort at Fort Johnson from spring to fall - also canal days with oxen pulling barges.

A real stagecoach from Wells to Speculator

Expand Oak Mountain and Tupper Lake ski tows' summer activities.

Build old logging camps with bunkhouses, horse barns, trappers' cabins and longhouses or teepees on the top of Wells hill and Tupper Lake where there were old logging dams. Expand Blue Mountain museum logging exhibit with a monument to horses, men and river drivers. International Paper and Finch, Pruyn might be interested.

We need two casinos: one in Amsterdam, the other in Tupper Lake for Canadian tourists.

Town boards should rent a motor home and drive Route 30 or 8. The first thing you will say is, "Where can I park this thing tonight free?" (Gas is $4 a gallon.) Don't send this type of tourist into wild forest that should be left alone for animals and that type of camper.

DEC (the state Department of Environmental Conservation) is restricting free camping along Route 8 and 30; also, people making $10 or $12 an hour can't afford to be tourists.

Louis N. Page Sr.




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