•50 Years Ago - August, 1959•

Major changes coming to Warrensburg

Warrensburg is a pleasant village drawing its livelihood from a number of small industries and from summer visitors, vacationers and winter sports enthusiasts who are captivated by its quiet, easygoing charm. The village began as a stopping point for stage coaches a few years after the Revolution when James Pitts arrived in 1789 and later opened a tavern on the site of the Warren House (now Stewarts' Shop).

Today (circa 1959) the Northway, the super-highway planned by the State and Federal governments to connect Albany and Montreal, is expected to bring great prosperity to us all. (Note - In 1959, it was a different world - gone are many wonderful old buildings, businesses and more fine people (and a few renegades) than I can count. We must ask ourselves if we ever received that "prosperity" we were promised.)

Adirondack Northway battle

The Federated Garden Clubs of New York are against building an Adirondack Northway. They say that it would mean more traffic of diesel trucks and asks if we want the highway to act as a "wall" to interfere with the free passage of wild life and vacationers. They feel that the project would "nibble away" at the priceless protection provided for our Adirondack forest preserve lands in 1895. (Note- Now, 50 years later, when the Northway is a fact of life, it would seem that there are many deer and animals living on the east side that will never, in this life, meet or mate with those living on the west side of the highway. Also, wildlife advocates and environmentalists have the same concern, and they are now discussing constructing bridges or tunnels so animals can move freely from one side of the Northway to the other.

But state Public Works chief Burch McMorran says that the Garden Clubs "are out of step with reality and have made little or no effort to acquaint themselves with the facts."

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