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  1. Good subject for an article – thank you.

    Tahawus is a magical place. It is nestled among the High Peaks and near the source of the Hudson. But part of the magic is the rich history that includes a ghost town, Calamity Brook, industrial archeology and the lively old Tahawus village itself, which was moved to Newcomb to make room for another pit.

    I can understand the perspective that makes people want the old NL mine to disappear, but I think it would be best to be patient and let Nature continue to have its way with it. Digging up all the tailings scattered about in order to fill in the pits would destroy what Nature has already accomplished.

    Pursuing a full appreciation of the Adirondacks should mean accepting that humans did things here. I’m trying to say it’s not necessary to view the mine as an abomination to be erased. It’s interesting, it’s OK.

    But not that ugly causeway across the Hudson – let’s focus on getting rid of that abomination and hazard to navigation.

  2. Mike Coker says:

    From the approach road, the place looks pretty awful. I have long tried to figure out just what and where Tahawus really is.

  3. Pat says:

    Just FYI, there’s an error in your intro: It should say “….were quoted.” Thought you might want to change it. 🙂

  4. Bob Welch says:

    Another eco-centric article lacking local representation, contribution and input. How surreal a thought for Gibson that there ever could actually have been some industry with real jobs in that place. Even now as they stand on a pile of excavated earth and rock the only breath of practicality comes from Mr. Mitchell. How sad that so many idealist who would spend a lifetime stifling economic opportunities and suppressing any notion of hometown say by local townships in their own destiny. The Gibsons of the world have routed local communities of much of there identity and heritage, swallowed and locked up much of the land and relegated growth to tiny Hamlet areas. A slow iniquitous death is what they sow. They subjugate commuties to become play grounds and purveyors of souvenirs and trinkets. Adirondack life will eventually become a seedy ilussion and obscured reality of what once was. A real Tahawus in the making.

  5. Dana Rohleder says:

    Sorry Bob, but you can’t blame every failed enterprise and petered-out mine on environmentalists. Capitalism and market forces have played and will continue to play a significant role as well.

    When the Adirondacks offered unique and rare products that the world needed, the extraction industries ruled. Market conditions have changed to make extraction much less viable financially. Industries have pulled out and sold their lands. There was no evil plot – just economic forces playing out in our back yard.

    People are resilient. They can make lemonade out of lemons, or they can continue to grumble and point fingers for a few more generations. Which will be more productive?

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