The Seneca Lake Trout Derby, held annually, is the foundation on which Geneva's claim to be the "Lake Trout Capital of the World" is based. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman in the U.S. to earn a medical degree, lived here.
This one is difficult to see. Below the picture is the inscription "Best Whitewater in New York." Hadley is located at the confluence of the Hudson and Great Sacandaga Rivers; the rapids on the latter are a popular destination for rafters.
Situated at the foot of Keuka Lake, Hammondsport is a center for New York's wine industry. Pioneer aviator Glenn Curtiss was born here. The house where he did much of his work has been maintained as a museum of aviation history. The town was named for founder Lazarus Hammond.
The first sign has been replaced by the second. Dams built on the west branch of the Delaware River made Hobart a milling center in the 19th century. Today, the village has become a mecca for book lovers through the establishment of several bookstores in town, augmented by art galleries and a bookbinding shop.
Johnson City and neighboring Endicott, in the Binghamton Area, became known as the Square Deal Towns when George Johnson, owner of the Endicott-Johnson Shoe Company, instituted a policy of decent pay, an eight-hour day and a health plan as a means of instilling loyalty in his employees.
Keene is located in the heart of the High Peaks area of the Adirondacks. Many of the Adirondack Park's hiking trails may be accessed here.
Martin Van Buren was the eighth President of the United States. Some etymologists believe that the expression "O.K." originated during his first campaign. It was supposed to stand for "Old Kinderhook;" thus, anything that was "O.K." was good. Van Buren's home, Lindenwald, is open to the public. Van Buren, who was known variously as "The Red Fox of Kinderhook," "The Little Magician" and "The American Talleyrand," also holds the record for the shortest term as Governor of New York, serving 43 days before resigning to become Andrew Jackson's Secretary of State. A Kinderhook teacher, Jesse Merwin, was noted by Washington Irving as having served as the model for the character Ichabod Crane in Irving's Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The town's name in Dutch means "children's corner" and derives from one of several stories centering on a gathering of children.
At the 1999 (not 1939 as the sign appears to say) New York State Fair, the water sample submitted by the town of Kirkwood was voted Best Tasting in New York. James P. Kirkwood, an engineer responsible for construction of the local railroad, gave his name to the town.
The 1932 and 1980 hockey arenas are open to the public; the U.S. Olympic team trains in Lake Placid. Lake Placid took its present name from the Placid Park Club, designed in 1895 by Melvil Dewey, of Dewey Decimal System fame.