Summer stories through the years – The Daily Gazette



A steep grade, human error and a damp night contributed to an appalling incident on the Mountain Lake Electric Railroad in close proximity to Gloversville on July 4, 1902. 

Fourteen died and sixty ended up injured. Most victims ended up Gloversville excursionists who experienced traveled up Bleecker Mountain to Mountain Lake and its vacation resort hotel for a day of entertaining capped by fireworks.

The brakes failed on just one trolley coming down the mountain. That motor vehicle struck the rear of an additional trolley and both cars and trucks hurtled down the tracks. As a final vacation resort just one trolley was thrown into reverse. That blew circuit breakers plunging each cars and trucks into darkness as the two derailed.

The Mountain Lake Electric Railroad had opened in 1901. Lawsuits bankrupted the enterprise soon after the incident.  t was reorganized as Adirondack Lakes Traction but folks had been wary. The resort at the lake was destroyed by fireplace in 1908. The trolley line shut in 1918.    


In the 1890s and early 1900s, there was horse racing for the duration of the summertime meet of the Amsterdam Truthful and Driving Affiliation.

The Association experienced a 50 percent mile keep track of at McClary Park on the south facet of the city. 

In 1896 the opening of the Amsterdam racing year took location Saturday, May perhaps 30th.

The afternoon began with three trotting races. There was then a men’s managing race followed by a thing named a “peg race.”  The very last function was a just one-mile bicycle race for the Montgomery County championship. 

In the 1930s the neighborhood where McClary Park utilised to be off Race Training course Street and Grieme Avenue turned recognised as Califano Heights. 

From 1903 as a result of 1907, carpet tycoon Stephen Sanford invited the individuals of Amsterdam to the Sanford Matinee Races at his massive Hurricana thoroughbred horse farm on the Sunday closest to Fourth of July. 

Trolleys ran up Meadow and Sector Streets. From there, horse drawn wagons took people to the farm. Vehicles went to the farm as perfectly but have been not admitted to the grounds. Some 15,000 attended the event’s very last year.

Remnants of the farm, later on named Sanford Stud Farm, still can be observed amid today’s substantial commercial improvement on Route 30 north of Amsterdam city.


Amsterdam hosted a reunion of Civil War veterans in the summer of 1886. Company C of the 115th New York Regiment collected on Brookside Avenue. Also that summer months the Clerical Wheelmen arrived at the city, pastors who had taken up bicycle using.  

The West Shore Railroad did a thriving small business in the early 1900s transporting pilgrims to the Roman Catholic Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Auriesville.  The shrine marks the place where by 3 Jesuit missionaries ended up martyred and in which Saint Kateri Tekakwitha was born in the 1600s. 

So a lot of individuals came to the Auriesville station in the 1930s that rail sidings had been occupied for miles with passenger trains waiting around to just take the pilgrims property. 

10 thousand pilgrims ended up at Auriesville Shrine in August 1925. Hundreds of Amsterdam citizens ended up amid those building pilgrimages. Each Sunday, two significant washtubs at the Shrine were being filled with coins by the trustworthy.  

On warm summer season evenings in the 1940s, the streets of Amsterdam’s West End ended up at times deserted.

To health supplement food items out there underneath wartime rationing, the primarily Italian-American residents had been tending vegetable gardens on the fertile flat land south of their households amongst the railroad tracks and Mohawk River/Erie Canal.

They developed poles for pole beans and lattices to preserve tomatoes off the floor. They grew lettuce, zucchini and dandelions, a lot as their ancestors had carried out in southern Italian communities such as Pisciotta in the province of Campania.





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