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An Adirondack Creation by Abbot A. Low

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  • Horse Shoe Pond sat lonely within the Adirondack wilderness before Dr. Webb's Adirondack & St. Lawrence Railroad came by to keep it company in 1892. Four years later, Abbot Augustus Low arrived and transformed the beautiful sheet-of-water and surrounding countryside into an oasis for agricultural and industrial experimentation, a meeting place for the well-to-do, and a playground for getting away from his Brooklyn (New York City) activities. His Horse Shoe Forestry Company, Camp Marian, a Post Office, and narrow-gauge railroads resulted, the nucleus of which was the new station he had built for the (then) New York Central & Hudson River Railroad. This program will explore the life and times, and fact and fiction that together have become a lastly and profound legacy for both Horseshoe, New York and its founder "Gus" Low.

    John Taibi is a native Long islander who has been residing in central New York since 1994. He and his wife, Barbara, live in a restored New York, Ontario & Western Railway depot in Munnsville that is his base of operations for researching and writing about the region's railroad history, environment, and legacy. He is the author of thirteen full-length books and one hundred-fifteen short stories that deal with a variety of railroad subjects. John is presently researching the Adirondack Region for a 4-volune series of books about the New York Central's Adirondack Division. Previous to his coming to upstate New York, he was a photographer whose work appeared in numerous books and magazine articles. In addition to being an author, photographer, railroad environmentalist and archeologist, he is also a popular speaker for historical societies, civic organizations, church groups, and museums. He likes to say that his programs are factual and informative and are presented in entertaining fashion.

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  • 9097 New York 30
  • Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812