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Banners to mark bicentennial

PORT HENRY Moriah businesses and civic groups are being asked to support the communitys bicentennial celebration by purchasing banners.

The banners will be placed on on utility poles in the town this fall and remain in place throughout 2008 as Moriah marks its 200th anniversary.

So far people seem very pleased with the banners and have been very supportive, said Catherine Sprague, who is heading up the banner project.

The banners are 36 x 72, have a logo featuring mines, the Adirondack Mountains and Lake Champlain, and read Town of Moriah, 1808-2008, Celebrating 200 years.

The name of the sponsoring business or civic group will appear at the bottom of each banner.

Theyre really nice, Sprague said. People who have purchased them are very happy.

Moriah traces its history to the 18th Century. After the Treaty of 1763, soldiers were given land by King George for their service in the French and Indian War.

Iron ore was discovered in those lands, lumber and gristmills sprang up, farms started, furnaces were built, and the shipping of ore started, first by water, then by railroad.

The town of Moriah was officially formed in 1808.

Many families came to work in the iron ore mining industry, which flourished from around 1824-1971. Mines were privately owned, then became the property of Witherbee-Sherman & Co., and finally in 1938 the Republic Steel Corporation. In the late 1800s and early 1900s most of the large hotels, homes, churches and schools were built, many still existing today.

Help celebrate Moriahs rich history by sponsoring a banner. Each costs $135. They can be purchased by contacting Sprague at 546-7935 or by mailing a check payable to Town of Moriah Historical Society/Bicentennial Celebration, to the Town of Moriah Historical Society, 38 Park Place, Port Henry, NY 12974 before Sept. 15.

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