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Collection Emporium Lumber Company Photograph Collection [graphic]
Catalog Number 1974.090.0001-0296
Call Number P026012-P026263
Object Name Photograph Collection
Date between 1911 and 1960
Extent of Description 249 photographs : gelatin silver prints, black and white
Scope & Content Collection of 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.



Admin/Biographical History 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.
Copyrights Fair use copy permitted for research, study, or investigational purposes citing the Adirondack Museum. Any other use requires written permission.

Cite as: Emporium Lumber Company Photograph Collection , Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake, NY
Notes Collection title devised by cataloger based on subject material.

Part of: Living with Wilderness: Enhancing Access to the AM Historic Photograph Collection (Council on Library and Information Resources Grant, 2015-2017)
People Sykes, Chester
Noelk, Victor
Sykes, William Louther
Sadley, Charles
Mills, Robert
Subjects Lumber industry
Railroads
Photographs
Sawmills
Railroad cars
Railroad locomotives
Trucks
Lakes & ponds
Boats
Equipment
Machinery
Lumber
Schools
Logs
Trees
Cabins
Clubs
Horses
Sleds & sleighs
Lumberyards
Trestles
Smokestacks
Accidents
Boarding houses
Paper industry
Villages
Camps
Tractors
Rivers
Waterfalls
Electric batteries
Railroad cabooses
Plows
Bridges
Engineers
Mills
Notes on Related Objects Related manuscript, Emporium Forestry Company Records, 1908-1971 (MS 71-9), Adirondack Museum Library.