Big Moose Lake in the Adirondacks is the lively and well documented story of the growth of the lake side community made famous by the incident that inspired Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy. The rich history of the lake unfolds with stories of its early residents, hunters, and guides—Jim Higby, Billy Dutton, Henry Covey, and Bill Dartin—the late 1870s, of the lake’s ownership by William Seward Webb, of the construction of the first private camp—Club Camp—in 1878, and the coming of hotels and resorts beginning in 1880 with the construction of Camp Crag.
From a time when a telephone number was a simple “8F6” and the “pickle boat” brought supplies to camp, to more recent stories of exuberant waterskiing and motorboat regattas, the book includes a detailed history and descriptions of the camps and resorts on the lake, persons and celebrities who made the lake their year-round or seasonal home—including actress Minnie Maddern Fiske and artist David Milne—natural disasters and political
events, recreation, and the work of the Big Moose Property Owners Association.
This is the story of Big Moose Lake brought to life by more than 275 family photographs, antique postcards, and previously unpublished memoirs, oral histories, diary entries, and the personal correspondence of the men and women who settled the area and of those who call it home.
Jane A. Barlow, the senior editor, is an archaeologist, now retired has taught at Cornell University and at Smith College. Since 1956, she has spent at least part of every summer at Big Moose Lake, having been lured there by her husband, Mark Barlow.
8.5 x 11, 314 pages, 250 black and white illustrations, 10 maps