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Object Name Print, Real Photo Postcard
Other number P073930
Description Gelatin silver print, black and white. Image of the railroad station at Ray brook. A group of people stands on the platform in the front of the building. Large sign hanging from roof, below octagonal dormer window with pointed roof says: "Ray Brook." Hand written, verso: "The depot where I served as agent at Ray Brook 1907." Patches of snow in foreground and background.
Date 1907
Photographer Unknown
Collection Photo Collection
Search Terms Essex County
Ray Brook
Railroad stations
Catalog Number 2013.014.0014
Notes Harold Chaffee spent time in Ray Brook Sanatorium in 1907 when he was 23 years old. He was originally from the Indian River area and then moved to Castorland. The New York State Hospital for Incipient Pulmonary Tuberculosis at Ray Brook was the first of it's kind in New York State, and second in the country (first in Massachusetts). It operated as a sanatorium until the mid-1960s when it transferred to the Drug Addiction Control Commission and ultimately became Adirondack Correctional Facility, a 700-man medium security prison. In between it was "Camp Adirondack," housing adult inmates involved in a Department of Environmental Conservation program, and the property was used as housing for officials during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games .