Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Beginning of the Hotel Adirondack


In 1878, Cyrus approached Henry Austin with a proposal. “I’ll tell you what, Henry; I know you have wanted to buy my hotel (Long Lake Hotel) for some time. I would like to sell it to you now.”

“Uh huh, and what are you asking for it?” Henry knew the Kelloggs, and he knew they did not miss a turn to earn a dollar, so he expected a high price.

“Well that depends.”
“Depends on what?”
“On whether you have the money to buy it, and whether you would be willing to help me build a new place.”
“A new place; where?”
“Down the road on the lake next to the pond.”
“You’re joshing me.”
“Nope, I’m serious.”
“Why would you want to build there? That ain’t no pond. It’s a swamp.”
“I got my reasons…”