The new book From Northville to Placid: Place Name History of New York’s Oldest Long Trail (Beechwood Books, 2021) by Erik Schlimmer, with foreword by James Appleton, features historical accounts of seventy of the named features along this 138-mile path through the Adirondacks.
During its 138-mile northbound journey from Fulton County‘s Village of Northville to Essex County‘s Village of Lake Placid, this path encounters 70 named features – 31 waterways, 30 bodies of water, 3 locales, 2 points, 2 waterfalls, 1 bay, and 1 eddy.
Schlimmer decodes the history behind the coining of each name. Some features such as the Chubb River honor settlers. Some like Pine Brook are named after flora. A railroad tycoon’s name lives through Lake Durant. And despite this author’s examination of more than a hundred sources, the naming history behind a few features like Priests Vly remain shrouded in mystery.
Schlimmer, an Adirondack native who calls the Rocky Mountains home, is no stranger to decoding New York place names. He’s the author of the place name books History Inside the Blue Line (2014), Among the Cloud Splitters (2016), and Cradle of the Union (2019).