STATION 1A: THE SOURCE OF THE HUDSON ~ LAKE TEAR OF THE CLOUDS After Hudson ~ Documenting Four Hundred Years in the Life of a River: Sights, Sounds, and Stories of the Hudson River Region, 1609-Present
Sources: (Left) New York State Archives, New York (State). Education Dept., Division of Visual Instruction, Instructional lantern slides, A3045, no. A10040; (Right) David Rumsey Collection, Henry S. Tanner, Atlas Map of New York (Philadelphia, PA., 1823).
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Lake Tear of the Clouds is a small tarn, in Essex County, New York, on the southwest slope of Mount Marcy; it is both the highest lake in the state and the highest source of the Hudson River via Feldspar Brook and the Opalescent River. The Hudson River officially begins several miles southwest of Marcy at Henderson Lake (1,814 ft).
The lake was discovered in 1872, by Verplanck Colvin while he was surveying the Adirondacks. He wrote:
"Far above the chilly waters of Lake Avalanche at an elevation of 4,293 feet lies summit water, a minute, unpretending, tear of the clouds — as it were — a lovely pool shivering in the breezes of the mountains and sending its limpid surplus through Feldspar Brook to the Opalescent River, the well-spring of the Hudson."
On September 14, 1901, then-Vice President Theodore Roosevelt was at Lake Tear of the Clouds after returning from a hike to the Marcy summit when he received a message informing him that President William McKinley, who had been shot two weeks earlier but expected to survive, had taken a turn for the worse.
Roosevelt hiked down 10 miles (16 km) on the southwest side of the mountain to the closest stage station at Newcomb, New York. He then took a midnight stagecoach ride on twisting roads to the Adirondack Railway station at North Creek, New York where he learned that McKinley had died. Roosevelt took the train to Buffalo where he was officially sworn in as President.
The 40-mile (64 km) route is now designated the Roosevelt-Marcy Trail. [The source of this article is Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The text of this article is licensed under the GFDL].
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