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HISTORY IS COOL: 106 years ago

Sept. 25, 1914

Ray Brook-LP road

A visit of John Carlisle, state highway commissioner, to Lake Placid last Saturday afternoon, as a member of the New York State Automobile Association, afforded leading citizens a splendid opportunity to intelligently discuss the construction of the Ray Brook-Lake Placid road and the possibility of extending the highway through this village with a higher type of road.

As a result, the Hon. James Shea, president of the local Automobile Association, and Forrest B. Guild, president of the Board of Trade, introduced the subject to members of the Village Board at their regular meeting on Monday night with favorable results.

It is generally known that proposals for this road will be received soon after Oct. 1, as the second $5 million of the $10 million appropriated by the state for roads will be released on that date.

“Let the village determine now whether it wants a paved street or not,” Shea said. “Plans are about to be drawn for the road and this is the time for a decision to be made.”

“Lake Placid has stood up better this year than any other summer resort in the Adirondacks. From the cottage point of view, the rentals have been more numerous and better than ever before. For lack of good road facilities and the change of idea in the tourist, the hotel business has taken a drop.

“Tourists of today do not want to sit on the porch of a hotel. They want to travel, and if our road facilities were improved, Lake Placid should offer the hotels the biggest transient business in the mountains.

“The hotels of our community, and of any community, are entitled to the greatest consideration, and in my mind the transient business of Lake Placid can be greatly developed.”

The state road will reach to the Stevens Hill, and will be, according to contract, 16 feet wide.

Mr. Shea’s suggestion was that the proposed paved street be either 24 or 30 feet wide and have a cement or brick covering.

It is also quite probable that a walk would also be paid on the other side of the street if a favorable decision is reached as the crushed stone from the present road would furnish a good base for a walk, and although it might not be as wide as the present one, it would be a much needed improvement.

Good Roads Day

Heralded throughout the neighborhood by newspaper and placard announcements, the “See new york First” enthusiasts were ushered into our village on Saturday last at 5 p.m. amid an uproar of sirens and klaxons and a flourish of banners.

This was Lake Placid’s “Big Day” in the advocation of “Good Roads.”

The time had been set aside by the townspeople, and comfortable attendance was present at the Town Hall, where many interesting facts were displayed regarding the roads of the present day and their prospective future.

Arrangements had been made by several of the members to meet the tourists at Keene and pilot them to our town. M. B. Marshall, proprietor of the Grand View Hotel, carried the word of welcome as far as Elizabethtown, where the officials’ cars were first greeted by Lake Placid.