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Blue Mountain Lake Steamboat

The well-to-do people needed to see the Adirondacks without getting their feet muddied.

Blue Mountain Lake and Raquette Lake needed a method of transportation and a way to join the two lakes.

Other waterways sat between those two; Eagle and Utowana Lake plus the Marion River.

Durant Territory Map

Left to Right

Raquette Lake

Marion River

Utowana Lake

Eagle Lake

Blue Mountain Lake

The Durant family owned both Raquette and Blue Mountain Lakes (and everything in between). They had built extensive lodges on both lakes and found it necessary to form a transportation link between the two.

Blue Mountain Lake had water deep enough for a steam boat to run on. In fact some of the boats could actually make it to Utowana Lake via Eagle Lake and a few connecting waterways.

From Raquette Lake it was possible to go up the Marion River for a distance of three miles. However, the steam boats that ran on Marion River could not navigate to the Utowana. There remained a distance of one-half mile between the two terminal points.

Small boats and canoes could be carried between these two points, with a little mud and difficulty. But, the well-to-do wanted nothing to do with mud.

The Durants had a problem. But transportation was in their blood.

They built landings and a plank road to move people and their luggage between the two points. Buckboards and carriages moved the people who could not walk, or chose not to walk. The Durant properties were now directly connected. People from all over New York could reach the Durant resorts.

Eventually a small railroad line was built between the two landings.

Steamboat Railroad and Dock

The Adirondacks were getting smaller by the month.

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