The numerous lakes and the forests of the southern Adirondacks provided an abundance of game, fish, and lumber for early settlers in the 1800s. Sportsmen from the city first came to Lake Pleasant and Speculator for invigorating camping trips and eventually brought the whole family to enjoy the wilderness. Two- and three-story hotels were built to accommodate the vacationing families. Individual cottages and rustic camps were built around Lake Pleasant, Sacandaga Lake, and Echo Lake, followed by children's and church camps and state campgrounds, which swelled the seasonal population. Boxing and winter sports helped to make Speculator and Lake Pleasant a tourist haven.
- Original Title:Lake Pleasant and Speculator in the Adirondacks
- Author:Anne A. Weaver, Beverly Hoffman
- Publisher:Published May 26th 2010 by Arcadia Publishing Library Editions
- Format:Hardcover, 130 pages