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Walking tour shows Placid is more than an Olympic village

May 8, 2014
Editorial , Lake Placid News

Kudos to the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society for giving this village what many resort communities already have - a self-guided Historic Walking Tour.

Most visitors are well aware of Lake Placid's Olympic heritage. That's why many visit. But they may not have had the chance to get beyond the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games.

The walking tour project was spearheaded by Sue Cameron, and includes a small committee: Cameron, Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society Director Jennifer Tufano, Dean Dietrich and village of Lake Placid and town of North Elba Historian Beverley Reid.

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Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society Director Jennifer Tufano poses outside the Lake Placid train station, home of The History Museum, operated by the historical society, and start of the new Historic Walking Tour of Lake Placid. (Photo — Andy Flynn)

The tri-fold pamphlet, color-coated map features 36 stops, starting at the train station. There is a total of 4.25 miles of history to be visited.

The four sections are:

-Lower Main Street/Newman (.95 miles)

-Upper Main Street (.73 miles)

-Hillcrest Avenue/Signal Hill (1.8 miles)

-Lake Placid Club/Parkside Drive (.77 miles).

"The main reason we developed this tour was to make the history of the area more accessible to the public and to make them aware of what's in Lake Placid, other than just where the Olympics were held," Tufano said. "There are buildings and shops and homes that have existed for over a hundred years."

The Historic Walking Tour brochures will be available at The History Museum (train station) and throughout the village starting at the end of May. Also, a PDF download will be available on the website,

Correction - Walking Tour Map

While laying out the May 2 issue of the Lake Placid News, the editor mistakenly printed an unfinished copy of the downtown map for the Lake Placid Historic Walking Tour as part of the "It's Our History" column by Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society Director Jennifer Tufano. The printed map was an earlier uneditied version and included some errors.

"I got caught up in the moment and forgot that Jennifer told me the map was a draft and not to use it," said Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn. "I apologize to Jennifer, the historical society and our readers."

Accurate maps will be included in the tri-fold brochure of the Lake Placid Historic Walking Tour.



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