SARATOGA LAKE’S VIBRANT PAST

Join us for walk down memory lane visiting the old hotels, houses, camps, cottages and recreation spots on the beautiful Saratoga lake.

Timeline

1600
1600

1600 – 1700

1600 – 1700

Mohawk Indians’ hunting territory spans Saratoga Lake area

1600

1684

Mohawks transferred land to speculators

1700
1700

1764

1764

Initial European settlement with 3-4 families

1700

1790s

1790s

Fish Creek & Stafford Bridge area settled & first school and mills established

1800
1800

Early 1800s

Famous oarsman Jim Riley opens up first resort

1800

1850

1850

Lake houses flourish, including Moon’s Lake House in 1853

1800

1875

1875

White Sulfur Spring, a hotel and park took its name from the nearby Springs. It accommodated 100 guests and could be reached by a steamboat, the Lady of the Lake

1800

1881

1881

Lady of the Lake built; had 3 decks and could accommodate 1,500 passengers

1800

1890

1890

Electric railroad opens at 25 cents for 24 miles

1800

1850

1850

Potato chip invented in Saratoga Springs by “Aunt Katie” Weeks and George “Crum” Speck

1800

1850

1850

Outdoor theatre flourishes in Kaydeross Park

1800

1874

1874

First college regatta in U.S. sponsored by John Morrisey

1900
1900

1903

1903

First horse trotting races on the lake

1900

1919

1919

Sea Gull, the first hydroplane on Saratoga Lake is built

1900

1920

1920

Gambling flourishes on Saratoga Lake

1900

1931

1931

Road from Saratoga Springs to Lake completed

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