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Sharing the history of mining

NORTH CREEK The irony of the scene was enough to give even the most casual passer-by a moment of pause. Against the backdrop of an Upper Hudson River Railroad car slowly pulling away from the station, the rhythmic squeal and squeak of tons of rolling locomotive gradually gave way to the gentle patter of raindrops on the crowded decades-old platform. In an event hosted by the North Creek Rotary Club and the North Creek Depot Museum, both groups were honored by a visit from the North Utica Rotary Club on Sunday. The clubs gathered on the platform to hear Depot Museum board member, Bert Miner, present a lecture on the history of mining in the Adirondacks. Miner traced the development of the regions mining efforts from its earliest conception in the late 1700s, through the late 1800s and the 20th Century, including the eventual discovery of titanium as an impurity in the iron ore found along the Hudson River. Using old photographs and ore samples to set the scene, he shared with the visitors how entire towns were moved (and abandoned) in the quest for a fortune, and how the Adirondack Railroad was created in the interest of serving as a southern conduit. Miner also gave a brief talk on the history of the railroad, and the critical role it played throughout the Adirondacks modern era, and specifically with the advent of tourism in the region. I never realized the story behind this area, one visitor said. It really gives you a whole new perspective. The lecture concluded with a tour through the Depot Museum, including time spent admiring the diorama of North Creek set in the early 1900s.

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