Presidents who vacationed at Loon Lake

(Courtesy Karl Smith III)

Presidents Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, and William McKinley are all said to have vacationed at Loon Lake. It is believed a fourth president, Theodore Roosevelt, probably stayed in the Rutherford cottage as a teenager with his mother in the summer of 1877. That summer young Teddy Roosevelt is said to have written "The Summer Birds of the Adirondacks". In 1892, Mrs. Chase took in First Lady Harrison as a convelescent (for TB), staying at the Sunset or "Presidents" cottage. This was also the year that President Harrison's private train car was brought into the new Inman Station.

Grover Cleveland (March 18, 1837 June 24, 1908)
22nd President: March 4, 1885 to March 4, 1889
24th President: March 4, 1893 to March 4, 1897

Benjamin Harrison (August 20, 1833 March 13, 1901)
23rd President: March 4, 1889 March 4, 1893

William Mckinley, Jr. (January 29, 1843 September 14, 1901)
25th President:March 4, 1897 September 14, 1901



Political Cartoon of President Harrison at Loon Lake


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