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Tahawus: Birth of a Hamlet and a Club

January 13, 2019 | 1:30 pm

Don Seauvageau

This presentation will cover the time period from 1847 to 1947 at the Hudson River Headwaters. The closure of the mining operations at Adirondac in 1855 did not end the activity here. Often referred to as the “Club Era”, the mining works were sold twice and operations resumed under both new owners. We will discuss the difference between the Upper Works and the Lower Works with the connection to the Hamlet of Tahawus. A brief history of the three clubs will be presented along with Teddy Roosevelt’s midnight ride from the Tahawus Club to the Presidency in 1901. It will end with the beginning of the National Lead titanium ore operations and the first relocation of the Hamlet of Tahawus.
Don Seauvageau is a year-round resident of Blue Mountain Lake. A former engineer for General Electric, he is enjoying an active retirement living in the Adirondacks and traveling the world. This spring he looped America visiting 20 states and 18 National Parks. An avid paddler, he was the 39th person to earn the Adirondack Mountain Club Paddle Pursuit patch. He has visited all the towns and villages within the Blue Line. Don’s first visit to the Adirondacks in the mid 1980’s as a manager for NL Industries allowed him to stay at the Foote Cottage on the Tahawus mine site. He has been fascinated with the history of the area ever since and has authored several Adirondack articles.