The American Guide Book, Being a Hand-Book for Tourists and Travellers Through Every Part of the United States Part I. Northern and Eastern

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General Books LLC, 2010 - 160 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1846 Excerpt: ... Stillwater, 4 m. farther, is an old and quiet settlement, incorporated in 1816. In the N. part of the town is situated Bemus' Heights where Gen. Burgoyne was defeated by the American army under Gen. Gates in 1777. See p. 87. Schuylerville, 14 m. farther, Fort Miller, 4 m. and Fort Edward 5 m. are interesting localities on the route before reaching Sandy Hill, 5 m. For continuation of the route to Whitehall, see p. 94. From Whitehall, we take the steamboat up Lake Champlain to St. John's. Lake Champlain, lying between New York and Vermont, is 140 m. long from N. to S. varying in breadth from half a m. to 14 m. The lake for 20 m. from Whitehall to the S. part of Orwell, Vt. has the appearance of a river averaging about half a mile in breadth. To the N. of this it gradually expands to a width of 3 m., still increasing northward, until above Burlington it increases to 14 m., its widest part. Its outlet is Sorel or Richelieu r. 60 m. long, which enters the St. Lawrence, 45 m. below Montreal. It is navigable for large vessels 24 m. to St. John's, below which the navigation is interrupted by the Chambly rapids. The lake abounds with salmon, salmon trout, sturgeon, and other excellent fish; it is generally frszen over in the winter and is passable on the ice. The excellent accommodations of the steamboats, the picturesque scenery on the shores of the lake crowned by lofty mountains, and the interesting localities celebrated in the former and late wars, render this excursion delightful. Near the centre of the lake, the large expanse of water, bordered by the most picturesque scenery, with the Green Mountains on the E. and the high peaks of the Adirondack group on the W., form grand and romantic features of lake scenery. Numerous rivers flow into the lake, many of th...

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