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The Exploration Of Tahawus, New York

  • September 17, 2013

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Tahawus (also called Adirondac, Adirondak, or McIntyre) was a village in the Town of Newcomb, Essex County, New York, USA. It is now a ghost town situated in Adirondack Park. Tahawus is located in Essex County within the unpopulated northern area designated to the town of Newcomb.  Tahawus was the site of major mining and iron smelting operations in the 19th century. Although standing as recently as 2005, the last mining facilities have since been demolished and removed (with the exception of some minor garages, blast furnaces and outbuildings).

In 1940 a new mine opened, this time for the purpose of obtaining the titanium dioxide that had been partly responsible for the previous mine’s commercial failure. In 1940 National Lead Industries reopened the mines along Sanford Lake. This location, known as the Lower Works, was about a mile south of the original operation. A new community was established in 1943 for the mine workers which was called Tahawus. By 1945, Tahawus had 84 buildings. Some of the buildings left over at Adirondac were also used. Forty million tons of titanium were extracted at the National Lead Industries’ mines before operations ceased in 1989. By the time the second mining operation closed in 1989 it had produced 40 million tons of titanium.  – Wikipedia

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14 Comments on The Exploration Of Tahawus, New York

  • brainedet says:
    March 21, 2019 at 11:17 PM

    That was a huge production there, a whole 40 million tons but now it’s a ghost town too bad. Thanks for sharing this.

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  • Joey says:
    March 21, 2019 at 9:46 PM

    Love to hear history of a place. I hope that this place will soon rise again into a beautiful town.

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  • Miaka Yuuki says:
    March 21, 2019 at 9:45 PM

    It looks like a storm came in and left??? This is a rundown spot and one that that will collapse easily.

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  • Daphne says:
    March 21, 2019 at 8:54 PM

    A whole town with no one in it! I would be so scared walking there.

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  • Oliver says:
    March 21, 2019 at 8:53 PM

    The ghost town should be put to some use. It doesn’t look good being abandoned like this.

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  • Patricia says:
    March 21, 2019 at 8:51 PM

    Tahawus looks like it was a beautiful place before the mining. So sad to see it in this state.

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  • Meg W says:
    March 21, 2019 at 8:50 PM

    Titanium is a very dangerous material. I hope the area isn’t too radioactive.

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  • Roy says:
    March 21, 2019 at 8:49 PM

    This is a classic example of how human activities can devastate the environment. I feel bad for the people who had to move away 🙁

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  • Rizzee Cerdeñola says:
    March 21, 2019 at 7:29 PM

    The pictures itself tell its story. I wanna see a ghost town myself.

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  • Obalade Damilola says:
    March 21, 2019 at 4:58 PM

    I have never heard of tawahus before..thanks for sharing..Nice one

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  • Danielle M says:
    March 21, 2019 at 4:22 PM

    These pictures definitely tell a story, I like how nature is taking the course but the place is sill in good conditions.

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  • Meldred Judith says:
    March 21, 2019 at 1:15 PM

    These photos tells how the old town works. Hope they can regain this city back.

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  • Maury Cheskes says:
    March 21, 2019 at 12:33 PM

    40 million tons of titanium is a huge bracket. I wonder how Tahawus will develop in the next few years and if mining companies will return. Thanks for the detailed look and intriguing photos.

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