Prospect Mountain in History
(Scroll down for interesting pictures of the railway)
2,034 feet to the summit
Prior to 1877 - Log cabin built
1877 - Dr. James Ferguson of Glens Falls purchased the top of the
mountain and built THE PROSPECT MOUNTAIN HOUSE HOTEL accessible by
1880 - Fire destroyed hotel and surrounding forest; hotel rebuilt
soon after with viewing/observation tower on top; many guests were there for
health reasons - tuberculosis or hay fever
1895 - Prospect Mountain Incline Railway opened to the public. The
new property owner, Mr. William Peck and the Horicon Improvement Company
joined with the Otis Engineering Company to build the cog railway to the
summit. The hotel continued to operate at the summit after Mr. Peck made
many improvements to it.
1902 - The popularity of the Incline Railway diminished and Mr.
Peck surrendered his holdings to the Otis Company which ran it for one more
year as the "Otis Incline Railway".
1923 - Rumors that the hotel would become a gambling casino
prompted George Foster Peabody, who had acquired the mountain in 1904, to
give it to New York State to be developed for public use.
1932 - Prospect Mountain House destroyed by fire; replaced by a
steel fire tower.
- For 30 years: discussions, studies, plans and struggles played
out in deciding what to do with Prospect Mountain
1954 - State legislation signed by Governor Tom Dewey to build a
highway up the Mountain!!
1966 - Gov. Rockefeller signed legislation making funds
1969 - Prospect Mountain State Parkway opened as a Memorial
Highway in honor of America's War Veterans.
TODAY - Drive or hike up for spectacular views!!
-Courtesy of Maggie McClure
Prospect Mt. Cable Car 1897-1903
"Claude Granger of Kattskill Bay NY conductor, standing on rear platform
on the way down.
Fares $1.00 Later dropped to $0.50
Built by Ottis Elevator Co. Operated in conjunction with the Prospect Mt.
House and the Lake House Hotel which later became the Shepperd Memmorial
-Description found with photograph
-Postcard of Prospect Mt. House donated by O.M. Schermerhorn.