nd2015_PaulSmiths_webTwenty Million and a Hyphen

A gift stirs controversy at Paul Smith's College

by Ned P. Rauch

Sometime after dark on January 17, 1937, pneumonia finally overwhelmed 84-year-old Phelps Smith. His two brothers had died before him, one from blood poisoning, the other from pneumonia. His mother, Lydia, died in 1891. And his famous father, Apollos “Paul” Smith, the legendary guide and hotelier who built a woodsy empire selling semi-refined Adirondack adventure to urban “sports,” succumbed in 1912 to the aftereffects of an operation. He was 87. Phelps never married and had no children. He was the last of the line; an uncommonly innovative and successful family with the most common of last names was no more. read more

Illustration by Mark Wilson Lofty Labels

What's in a name?

by Annie Stoltie

Mount Matumbla, a couple of miles outside of Tupper Lake, is the highest peak in St. Lawrence County. It’s only half the size of Mount Marcy, but its name implies exoticism and grandiosity. Same goes for Mount Arab, the second highest peak in that county. Truth is, Matumbla and Arab come from our North Country ancestors’ mangled pronunciations of the French montagne bleu, or blue mountain, and érable, or maple. read more


Archived Articles

Fall 1970   When They Hunted Deer … with Dogs An account of an 1880s expedition in the Adirondacks
December 2015   Lofty Labels What's in a name?
December 2015   Twenty Million and a Hyphen A gift stirs controversy at Paul Smith's College
Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors 2014   The Great Derangement Nine peaks, 25 miles, one day
December 2014   The Ghost Buck The Salerno family is famous for high-country hunting prowess. But one massive whitetail has become a magnificent obsession
  Ausable Chasm For 144 years sightseers have flocked to this stunning natural wonder. More than carved sandstone, a rushing river and a boat ride, the gorge helped put the Adirondacks on the map. It was THE destination—and it still is
June 2014   An Adirondack Tragedy Our mental-health crisis
February 2014   This Old House Landmarks and legacy
August 2014   Heart of Parkness How I see this place
December 1987   Died and Gone to Your House Local ghosts and the people they haunt
December 2015   Manhunt For 23 days the northern Adirondacks was under siege after two killers escaped notorious Dannemora prison. What this multi-million-dollar ordeal revealed about the strange and violent world behind the wall
October 2015   Elk Lake Lodge Why this wilderness resort should be on everyone's bucket list
At Home in the Adirondacks 2015   Nils Luderowski A portfolio of this Keene architect's eclectic designs
At Home in the Adirondacks 2015   The Long Goodbye Coming to terms with the sale of a five-generation family camp
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October 2015   The High Peakers Conquering more than mountains
December 2004   The Gibson Brothers A couple of hometown pickers hit the big time
At Home in the Adirondacks 2015   Rocking the Boathouse How a Schroon Lake castoff became a dream home
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December 2000   Hard Times Come Again No More Widows, orphans and idiots: a look at the harsh history of being poor in the Adirondacks
December 2006   Port Henry: The Final Frontier LOCAL FANS KEEP STAR TREK ALIVE IN CYBERSPACE
August 1989   Present at the Creation With a new commission assigned to finish the job the APA's founders left undone, a look back at the polarizing controversy that rocked the region.
April 2015   Snap Chat Advice on winning our photo contest and shooting for Adirondack Life
October 2015   Northwest Passage Fall is the best time to explore Cranberry Lake
October 2015   Kate Moses A writer transforms a historic house in Essex
August 2015   A Lakeside Love Story How an aspiring diva met the man of her dreams at Scaroon Manor
October 2010   Lost Dozens of Adirondack hikers and hunters go missing every year. Modern technology is no match for bad luck
  The Namesake Why parents pick mountain monikers
April 2014   Keeping Track? A closer look at the rail-trail debate
December 1995   Lowdown on the Blowdown The Great Summer Storm of 1995, when ten million trees fell in the forest