About Tom French

Tom French splits his time between the Adirondacks and the Thousand Islands from his home in Potsdam. More information about his writing can be found at Tom-French.net.

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  1. Mary myatt says

    The gulf was one our favorite things to hike to growing up we lived in cannon corners our family owned land going to the gulf they sold it to the state many years we would go to the hermit cabin to see it and we heard many stories about the old cars at the bottom of the gulf, we loved all the stories about the bootleggers

  2. Tom French says

    Hello Mary — Thanks for reading the article. I’m glad you enjoyed it and that it brought back memories. We looked for the Hermit Cabin. Can you give an indication of where it is located? Thanks!

  3. John Empsall says

    This sounds like a small scale version of the Lake Missoula floods which inundated North Idaho and Washington state at about the same time.

    • Brian Carl says

      John, you refer to an area in central Washington State known as the Channeled Scablands. Although not on the same scale, The Gulf and Altona Flats areas have analogous geographic features. If there were any abandoned cars in the path of the flood then, they’d be at the bottom of Lake Champlain now.

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