About Phil Brown

Phil Brown edited the Adirondack Explorer from 1999 until his retirement in 2018. He continues to explore the park and to write for the publication and website.

Reader Interactions


  1. Phil Brown says

    I made two mistakes in this article. The route Black Chicks in Heat is in California, not Colorado. Also, one of the Adirondack routes listed is Jemima Dreams, not Jemima Pie.

  2. Mary Lou Leavitt says

    Hi, Phil,
    What about the N word in the Town of Brighton, Franklin County, NY, near Paul Smith’s? I’ve wondered over the years why this was allowed and now, why it continues? Who could initiate a change?
    Mary Lou

  3. Phil Brown says

    Mary Lou, I assume you are referring to Negro Brook, which used to have a much more offensive name. I wrote about the name issue for the Explorer several years ago. People could petition the State Board of Geographic Names to change the name. Similar names have been changed elsewhere. The counterargument is that you lose a bit of history. One theory is that the name of the brook and a nearby hill, as I recall, refer to African-Americans who settled in the area many years ago.

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