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(Au Sable Forks)

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Black Brook, New York, USA - Bank of Au Sable Forks, N.Y.

Black Brook is a town in Clinton County, New York, United States.

The area was first settled around 1825. The town was formed from part of the town of Peru in 1839. Early industry included farming, mining, and smelting iron.

Communities and locations in Black Brook:
Au Sable Forks – A hamlet on the south town line at the Au Sable River and NY-9N. It extends into the town of Jay on the south side of the river.
Black Brook – The hamlet of Black Brook is in the south part of the town, northwest of Au Sable Forks.
Clayburg – A hamlet on the north town line.
Devins Corners – A hamlet in the northeast part of the town.
East Kilns – A hamlet northwest of Black Brook village on Silver Lake Road.
Fern Lake – A lake north of Black Brook village.
Hawkeye – A hamlet at the east end of Silver Lake.
Middle Kilns – A location between East Kilns and West Kilns on Forestdale Road.
Riverview – A hamlet on Route 3 in the northwest corner of the town.
Silver Lake – A lake in the western part of the town, approximately 1 mile wide and 3 miles long. Silver Lake is spring fed and has chiefly summer residences. A large portion of the lake is state-owned and deemed "Forever Wild," free from future sale or development.
Swastika – A hamlet north of Black Brook village.
Taylor Pond – A lake in the southwest part of the town, south of Silver Lake.
Thomasville – A hamlet on the town line in the southeast part of the town.
Union Falls – A hamlet on the west town line.
Union Falls Pond – A lake partly inside the west town line.
West Kilns – A hamlet in the southwest corner of Black Brook.


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Black Brook Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

Bank of Au Sable Forks, N.Y.
Black Brook, New York, USA

Bank of Au Sable Forks, N.Y.
Main Street, Looking North, Au Sable Forks, N.Y.
Black Brook, New York, USA

Main Street, Looking North, Au Sable Forks, N.Y.
Methodist Episcopal Church, Au Sable Forks, N.Y.
Black Brook, New York, USA

Methodist Episcopal Church, Au Sable Forks, N.Y.

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Black Brook was formed from part of the town of Peru in 1839
1859 - Au Sable
AU SABLE, a township in Clinton, co. in the state of New York, U. S. 15 m. S of Plattsburg, and 140 m. N of Albany. It is generally hilly and is intersected by the Great and Little Au Sable rivers. The soil consists of sand and clayey loam. Pop. in 1840, 3,222.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Volume 1, A. Fullarton, 1859
1862 - Black Brook
BLACK BROOK, named from its principal stream, was taken from Peru, March 29, 1839. It is the southwest corner of the County. Its surface is rocky and mountainous, the highest peaks being 1,500 to 2,500 feet above the lake. Among the mountains are several nearly level table lands, 200 to 300 feet above the general level. The forest trees are thinly scattered, and nearly the whole town is too rough and poor for cultivation. The Au Sable river forms a portien of the south boundary. The Saranac flows north-esterly across the northwest corner. Great and Little Black Brook; tributaries of the Au Sable, drain the central parts of the town. Among the mountains are several small lakes and ponds. The soil is cold, wet, and poorly calculated for agricultural pursuits. Extensive beds of iron ore are scattered through the town. The Palmer mine, two miles north of Au Sable Forks, yields from 16,000 to 20,000 tons annually. The Myers and Trombois mines are also largely worked. The people are... Read MORE...

1862 - Au Sable
AU SABLE, pronounced Aw Saw-ble, a French name signifying river of sand, was taken from Peru, March 29, 1839. It is the southeast corner town in the County, Its surface is nearly level in the east, rolling in the center and hilly in the west. The Au Sable forms nearly the whole of the South boundary, the Little Sable flows northeasterly through. the west part. Its soil is generally a light sandy loam, fertile in the east and center, but poor for. agricultural purposes in the west. Upon the Au Sable, where it breaks through the Potsdam Sandstone, is a beautiful cascade, known as Birmingham Falls. This cascade is located about two miles below Keeseville, and the romantic and picturesque scenery will well repay the tourist for the trip to see them. Iron ore of an excellent quality is to be found. The. principal ore bed now worked is that of Messrs. Arnold & Co., which yields from 1,000 to 1,500 tons anüually. Keeseville, named from Oliver and Richard Keese, Sons of John Keese, one of the ... Read MORE...

1895 - Black Brook
Black Brook, a post-village of Clinton co., N.Y., in Black Brook township, about 22 miles S.W. of Plattsburg. It has 2 churches, 2 saw-mills, and 2 bloom-forges. The township is intersected by the Saranac River, and has mines of iron ore. The surface is mountainous. Total pop. 3561.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1916 - Blackbrook
"Blackbrook, a post-village of Clinton co., N.Y., in Blackbrook township (town), 22 miles SW. of Plattsburg. The town is intersected by the Saranac River, and has mines of iron-ore. The surface is mountainous. Pop. of the town in 1900, 1933."
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Black Brook and its surrounding areas:
Ausable Chasm: One of the region's most famous attractions, Ausable Chasm is often called the "Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks." You can take guided tours to explore the stunning rock formations and waterfalls, go tubing in the river, or try the adventure trail for a more active experience.

High Falls Gorge: Located just a short drive from Black Brook, High Falls Gorge offers a network of well-maintained trails that lead you to breathtaking views of waterfalls and pristine Adirondack forest. It's a great place for a family hike.

Whiteface Mountain: This iconic peak offers year-round activities. In the winter, it's a popular ski destination, and in the summer, you can take a scenic gondola ride to the summit for panoramic views of the region.

Lake Placid: A picturesque town, Lake Placid is famous for hosting the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. Explore the Olympic Center and Museum, take a boat tour on Mirror Lake, or stroll along Main Street with its charming shops and... Read MORE...

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