Sand Lake

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Sand Lake Township lies just south of Troy and east of Albany. This community was a center of water-powered industry in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Dams on Crystal, Glass, and Burden Lakes provided waterpower for mills along the Wynantskill and finally for the largest waterwheel in North America at Burden Iron Works in Troy. When the railway arrived, the township with its seven lakes and numerous hotels blossomed into a tourist destination. In Sand Lake you will find Dr. Smith Boughton as Big Thunder in the Anti-Rent Wars of the mid-1800s, coded messages issued from church pulpits for transporting slaves via the Underground Railroad, Ulines Infallible Remedy cure-all, the Park Pharmacy soda fountain manned by teenager (later comedian) Jerry Lewis, and Gov. Theodore
Roosevelt at Browns Crooked Lake House.
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Coauthors Mary D. French, a former town historian, and Robert J. Lilly, a historical researcher and editor, are authorities on the history of the area. Both longtime members of the Sand Lake Historical Society, they have selected from the local collection the choicest photographs and have illuminated them with stirring narrative to tell the story of the events, organizations, businesses, and people who contributed to making Sand Lake the exceptional community it is today.

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Arcadia Publishing
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Apr 12, 2001
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History / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)
Photography / Subjects & Themes / Historical
Photography / Subjects & Themes / Regional
Travel / Pictorials
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