A series of posts as we look forward to the 100th Anniversary of ADKNY in 2023
About Camp Quannacut, where the NY Chapter spent April and May of 1924, as well as a bit of history on the Palisades Interstate Park Commission in that same year.
From 24th Annual Report of the Commissioners of the Palisades Interstate Park, Jan 31, 1924:
The Annual Report includes this description: “The largest of the present winter camps is Quannacut in the Queensboro Valley, four miles from Bear Mountain. The plan for operating this camp is fairly typical of them all. It is open to mixed groups up to the number of 35, under proper chaperonage, or to separate groups of men or women. The minimum rental is $20 from Saturday morning until Sunday night for 20 persons. For each person over this number $1 is added to the rental charge.
Transportation from the railroad station at Bear Mountain to the camp is provided by the Commission at 50 cents for each passenger. Food supplies purchased locally are delivered at the camp. Quannacut camp is heated by a pipeless furnace and fireplaces and is taken care of by a resident caretaker and his wife, whose services may be secured over a week-end to help with the cooking and cleaning. At Quannacut the Commission has constructed a toboggan slide. Toboggans, skis and snow shoes are rented to campers. Queensboro Lake offers exceptionally good skiing.”
The Automobile Association of America ( published 1919), published a book promoting motor travel in the northeast. It includes an article by George W. Perkins, Commissioner of the Palisades Interstate Park, Sight-Seeing in Palisades Interstate Park. He refers to Queensboro: “I doubt whether there is, anywhere in the East, such beauty of scenery as that embraced within this and other trips in the Harriman region of the park”. “To go to Queensboro, one skirts the beautiful Bear Mountain groves and grounds”.
Queensboro Lake is referred to in the 1913 US Military Academy annual report from West Point. At the time they used it for their water supply.
The report breaks down the number of visitors to the park that year – 5,388,644 – arriving by
- Steamboat – 630,543
- Automobile – 4,640,000
- Train – 94,832
- Motorboat – 23,269
George Perkins, Jr. was responsible for the “Third Gift Fund,” the initial money that created the Palisades Interstate Park. New York State contributed $1,000,000. Private donors included J. P. Morgan’s son Jack; Colman DuPont, President of E.I. DuPont; Edward S. Harness, American philanthropist; Cleveland Dodge, Phelps Dodge mining, and the Laura Spellman Rockefeller Memorial.
The Palisades Interstate Park Commission was founded in 1900.
Harriman State Park was founded in 1910.
Bear Mountain State Park was founded in 1913.
The NY Chapter, ADK was founded in 1923.