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Don’t rip up historic rails

September 22, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

To the editor:

I was very disappointed in reading that the North Elba town board voted to ask the state Of New York to remove the tracks within North Elba. They are being shortsighted, and it also tells me they have no respect for historical sites. You can't put a dollar value on history. From all I have read in the newspapers, one would think there wasn't any other place to find trails. Sounds selfish to me, especially when you already have a going commercial operation on the rails. Shows no concern for them.

Maybe Tupper Lake or Saranac Lake should look at the possibility to have the Adirondack Scenic Railroad operate between Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake to welcome the tourists to both villages, where they are wanted.

It is a sad commentary when the trail people don't want it side by side. I haven't seen or heard of any financial sources to pay the way for trails. Being on the National Register of Historic Places, I am sure, will restrict what can and cannot be done with the railroad right of way.

Enough said. A word to the wise should be sufficient.

Dan Heffner

A longtime Adirondack canoer, hiker and camper

Wickenburg, Ariz.

 
 

 

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