Benson Mines & the Opening of the Western Adirondacks [S-17-6]
|Presenter:||James (Jim) Carl|
|Location:||SUNY: Maxcy 104|
|Classes:||1 Session 1.5 hours|
|Dates:||Mon 2:30 PM 03/20|
This PowerPoint presentation includes the following topics: the Black River Canal, the Carthage and Adirondack Railroad, two iron mines, and Byron David Benson (1832-1888), whose wealth came in part from building oil pipelines in Pennsylvania. We will look at more than a century of events that led to a rich open-pit iron mine. By 1960 Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation employed about 800 workers.
Jim Carl is a Professor Emeritus of Geology at SUNY Potsdam. He arrived from Illinois in 1968, and spent a lot of time visiting and photographing many Adirondack mines when they were in their heyday. He writes for the Quarterly, a magazine published by St. Lawrence County Historical Association (SLCHA).
NOTE: Suggested reading – “Opening of the Western Adirondacks,” in the SLCHA Quarterly, Vol:LIV, no.4 (2010), p.4.