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Spirited History

Spirited History Where the Ghosts Live By Annika Campbell War, scandal and time-worn buildings create a recipe for a town full of history and haunts. From the outside, Plattsburgh may appear to be the average city. But, getting to know the history reveals its darker side. A fire with no known cause. An innocent woman’s hanging. And the cries of children ringing through a graveyard. There is mystery in this city. “Whenever you seem to have that depth of history, you seem to have that ‘other,’” Matt Boire of the Greater Adirondack Ghost and Tour Company says. The “other” Boire…

Phish and Friends

  Phish and Friends A music Festival’s Lasting Legacy By Zachary Jackson Clifford Ball, the first of many festivals put on by the Burlington based jam band Phish, was held in Plattsburgh just over 20 years ago. The festival took place on August 16 and 17, 1996, at the former Air Force Base in Plattsburgh and attracted more than 70,000 Phish Phans. Since Phish’s formation in 1983, the group has become one of the front runners in the jam band world following Jerry Garcia’s death, disbanding the Grateful Dead in August of 1995. Starting from humble beginnings at the small…

Flying through History

Celebrating 40 years of Plattsburgh’s Air Force Base With the push of a button, a klaxon, a sound used to signal pilots to get on their planes and go, would ring loudly throughout the Air Force Base. At the 380th Bomb Wing in Plattsburgh, thousands of pilots were trained daily to fly aircrafts, respond to signals and complete missions. Those 40 years of aviation history can be seen at the Plattsburgh Air Force Base Museum. The Plattsburgh Air Force Base opened in 1955 in response to the looming Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States. During this…

Fort Blunder

During the Revolutionary War, the British invaded the United States, and during The War of 1812 they invaded New York. President Monroe decided New York needed defense. In response, Fort Montgomery was constructed in 1816 to strengthen the country’s military capabilities and to ensure the British would never launch another invasion on the United States again. President Madison’s administration named Fort Montgomery in honor of General Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary War hero. Fort Montgomery was placed on Island Point, a small peninsula protruding out into the northernmost end of Lake Champlain. When finished, the fort would be shaped like an…

Miner Details

  (DoNorth/Kayla Breen) Alice and William Miner are well-known names in Plattsburgh and Chazy. This influential couple of the early 20th century dedicated their time to humanitarian purposes, creating a series of public institutions that has enriched and educated the Clinton County community. The Alice T. Miner Museum and the Kent-Delord House Museum are just two remnants of a past that reflects the relentless work and impressive legacy Alice and William Miner left.   Alice T. Miner Museum Alice herself established the Alice T. Miner Museum in 1924. The building that houses the museum was first built in 1814; the…

Taking Flight

(DoNorth/Kayla Breen)   The concrete runway at Plattsburgh International Airport stretches for nearly two miles, disappearing into the Adirondack peaks. For over half a century, everything from military bomber and tanker aircraft to commercial and jet airplanes have landed on this runway. The terminal was built on the former U.S. Air Force Base, utilizing aviation access, hanger storage and hundreds of acres of industrial land. The 2,000-acre airport began as a Strategic Air Command (SAC) heavy bomber base in the 1950s and was later reassigned in 1991 as an Air Refueling Wing. Hosting an Air Force meant big planes, and…

Dewey 's Tavern

Dewey Drop Inn

(DoNorth/Jessica Blondell) Around 7,000 American and British soldiers camped at Dewey’s Tavern during the Battle of Plattsburgh. Named one of the oldest structures in the town of Champlain, the tavern is also one of the most important military burials — American and British soldiers who died at the tavern were buried in unmarked graves in an elevated area south of the tavern. Located on the intersection of Plattsburgh, New York; Champlain, New York; Montreal, Canada and Rouses Point, New York, the 3-story building was at the center of the American-British conflict. Originally owned by Elias and Lovisa Dewey and their…

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