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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…

Writer’s Hideout Preserved Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Cottage and Museum

(DoNorth/Jessica Blondell) Replace, cigarette in hand, brainstorming story ideas as his stepson quickly jotted them down. This is how the writer spent most of his days while living in a small cottage in Saranac Lake. His temporary home is now the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Cottage and Museum. Best known for the children’s classic “Treasure Island” and the adult horror story “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” Stevenson left a lasting legacy after living in this Adirondack cottage. The museum, located in Saranac Lake, was created to preserve the memory of Stevenson. According to the museum’s website…

Runners Gather for Fitness Extravaganza

Taking back epithet “Rock Eater,” Plattsburgh locals, as well as runners from surrounding counties and Canada, join together in costumes to participate in the Rockeater Adventure Race.

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