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
Status: Course Closed

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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.

Cap: 50

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