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Collection Emporium Lumber Company Photograph Collection
Catalog Number 1974.090
Accession number 1974.090
Object Name Photograph Collection
Date between 1911 and 1960
Scope & Content Collection of approximately 250 photographs of the Emporium Forestry Company in Conifer, NY. Images are of the lumber industry, Conifer, and the Grasse River Railroad. The railroad was used to haul cut lumber and traveled between the New York Central Station at Childwold, NY, and the Emporium Forestry Company operation at Cranberry Lake, NY. The sawmill at Conifer opened in 1911 and the railroad started operating in 1913. The mill was closed by 1927 and the Emporium Forestry Company was dissolved in 1950.

The Emporium Lumber Company had its beginnings in Pennsylvania, under William L. Sykes, but after 25 prosperous years Sykes began buying land in the Adirondack Mountains of New York owing to the scarcity of hardwood left in Pennyslvania. The name for the New York operation was changed to the Emporium Forestry Corporation. Emporium Forestry became the largest hardwood operation in the east with Adirondack land holdings peaking at 125,000 acres.


Notes Collection title based on subject material.
Subjects Lumber industry
Railroads
Photographs
Sawmills
Notes on Related Objects Related manuscript, Emporium Forestry Company Records, 1908-1971 (MS 71-9), Adirondack Museum Library.