Around Cranberry Lake

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Initially, the remote Cranberry Lake region attracted hunters and fishermen like Reuben Wood, world-champion fly caster. It also enticed artist Frederic Remington, writer Irving Bacheller, and Arts and Crafts movement philosopher Elbert Hubbard. Between 1886 and 1896, when railroads began to approach the lake, both industry and tourism were facilitated. Extractive industries like mining and lumbering coexisted with a lively trade catering to leisure travelers and recreationists. Several generations later, much of the natural beauty and wilderness characteristic of the Cranberry Lake region has been restored and is again the basis of its appeal. The communities that thrived along the railways—and the people who lived and worked in those communities—have a role in the area's social and industrial history that should not be forgotten.
ISBN: 9781467103114
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New York
Series: Images of America
Images: 226
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
This is author Susan Thomas-Smeby’s second book on the history of Cranberry Lake. She first purchased property on Cranberry Lake in 1982. As with her first book, Cranberry Lake and Wanakena, nearly all of the more than 200 images included here are from her collection. Her interest in the area began with her husband’s roots in Star Lake. Her father-in-law, Einar Smeby, designed the Jones and Laughlin plant at Benson Mines and was chief mining engineer for many years.