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    Jay history. Jay, New York: Antique Photos.
    Jay had it's heyday in the 19th century. This collection of old homes and industry tells something of the economic growth and development that took place. CLICK & GO!  (On this page.)   A little about Jay History    Jay Photos.   Madden Store Photos.   Burdick's, 1942-1988.   AuSable Forks Photos.   19th Century Industry Photos.   Upper Jay Photos.   More about Jay and the Covered Bridge.   From my mailbag:  "a lot of great information on The Adirondacks."   (More about Jay on the next page.)   Visit Jay NY 12941 Today.    Jay Links & Contact Information  

    Jay history. A little about Jay history. High grade iron ore discovered nearby was first smelted in crude stone and clay furnaces with wood and natural drafts. Large scale timber harvesting continued through mid-nineteenth-century. The mill at AuSable converted later to paper manufacture and this operation lasted till the 1940's. Today a sawmill on the heights above the village is the is the sole survivor of this industrial phase.
    Town of Jay 1876. Adirondack Park Agency zoning regulations have, since the 1970's, effectively curbed development of all kinds. Today, no commercial activity is permitted along the AuSable River Scenic Corridor and Jay is reminiscent of the sleepy New England village of bygone days, with a promising future as a really quiet spot for visitors. CLICK HERE for 1876 map of the Town of Jay, comprising the villages of Jay, AuSable Forks and Upper Jay, big 1356 x 2364 pixels. .
    Jay Photos.
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    Jay NY 12941 1876
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    Methodist Church
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    Village Green
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    McDonald's Store on Village Green.
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    Baptist Church
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    AuSable River, Bridge Ebenezer Mtn, Rattlesnake Knob.
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    AuSable River, Bridge
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    Covered Bridge
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    J&J Rogers Store
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    Covered Bridge
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    Main Street.
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    Main Street.
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    School House.
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    F.M. Pierce Garage
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    Jersey City.
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    Madden Store Photos.
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    July 4 parade.
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    "Arctic weather due tonight."
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    "The store that has most everything."
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    Dot and Joe Madden.
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    Joe in the grain shed.
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    Madden's store heydays 1966-1976.
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    Abandoned 2002.
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    Hurley & Madden Groceries 2002.
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    Burdicks for Chain Saws and lots more!Burdick Chain Saws, or just Burdick's, was on Route 86 (1942-1988). The building still stands with some rusty old machines outside. Burdick's had lots more than chain saws.
    The workshop/salesroom had the oddest collection of small engine lawn machines, snowblowers and the like. It was an important place for locals and visitors alike for saws, mowers, household items, tools, supplies of all kinds and conversation. You'd find them gathered around the cluttered counter or by the friendly wood fire at all hours any day. Burdicks for Chain Saws and lots more! "We repair what we sell--and just about everything else as well," was Dale's motto and Meredith his Dad's, too, who had the place before him. Lot's of local color and jokes by Dale. "Bring it if it's broke and pick it up in a day or two," he would say. Opened half day Saturday. Now Dale works out of his house in the Acres. Joy got a job at AMA. Bernie's gone to work for the Mountain or Ward's, not sure. Say Hi! if you see them.
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    W.F. Brown Hardware.
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    "Before the fire," May 14, 1925
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    19th Century Industry Photos.
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    Pulp mill 1893.
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    Pulp yard, Jay (Ebenezer Mtn., Rattlesnake Knob)
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    Upper Jay Photos.
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    Upper Jay 1876.
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    Monaco's Restaurant.
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    (Keith & Branch)
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    Prime Brothers Dealer in General Merchandise.
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    "A lot of great information on The Adirondacks."
    Subject: Compliments & thanks for your Activities & Resources page :)
    From: "Bethany "
    Date: Fri, 27 May 2011 12:42:04 -0400
    To: Martin@4peaks.com
    Hi Martin,
    There was a page on the sitewww.4peaks.com that I really enjoyed (http://www.4peaks.com/flinkadk.htm), so I wanted to say great job & thank you!! My family loves taking vacations, so I'm always looking for new & fun information & ideas online!

    Secondly, & I hope this doesn't seem rude, but I also wanted to make a suggestion for your page. You've compiled a lot of great material, but I wanted to suggest the addition of another great page that I found online recently: http://attractions.uptake.com/blog/guide-to-the-adirondacks-13352.html . It has a lot of great information on The Adirondacks so it might be a really helpful/useful addition to your page!

    Take care,
    Bethany

    Subject: Re: Compliments & thanks for your Activities & Resources page :)
    From: "Martin (Your Adirondack Guide)"
    Date: Sat, 28 May 2011 07:54:39 -0400
    To: "Bethany "
    Bethany--
    Thanks for your email and for liking my webpage and finding it useful and for suggesting http://attractions.uptake.com/blog/guide-to-the-adirondacks-13352.html I appreciate it.

    That page does make good reading, but like a lot of blogs out there is really just second hand information lifted from other pages on the internet, maybe entertaining, but not researched or responsible in a sense.

    I noted particularly the statement about settlers.
    "It was in the 1800s that both loggers and tourists began to visit the area." Bethany--The loggers here in the 1800's were born here! They lived and farmed on my Fourpeaks eight homesites you can come and visit today. Tourists didn't start coming up till Murray wrote his book and with the advent of the steamboat and rail access. But not the loggers and miners. They were my neighbors (now deceased).

    I left a comment on the page.
    "the area was left alone and viewed as a hostile wilderness until the 19th Century." Not true. Settlers from New England moved here in the 1700's. Iron was discovered above AuSable Forks early on and by the Revolutionary War Mr. Washington's troops bore muskets and iron shot from those mines, There was enough development by 1798 to form town governments. See http://4peaks.com/fk3shs.htm and related pages.

    Come and visit. I'll help make it affordable and fun.

    Best wishes,
    Martin

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