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Lost Industries of the Kaydeross Valley

A History of Manufacturing in Ballston Spa, New York

 

Author's note: this was a limited run printing in honor of the village's bicentennial. Due to the high costs of printing a full-color, heirloom-style book, only 200 softcover and 50 hardcover copies were printed for sale at the Brookside Museum.

A Second Edition was printed in 2009. In order to save on printing costs, the book was printed  in black and white. However, additional businesses and photographs have been added since the first edition.

 

 
 

 

 

Book Table of Contents

(Second Edition)

 

Introduction

1

 

 

 

I. Ingredients for Success

 

 

The Kayaderosseras

5

 

Spring Water and Tourism

7

 

Early Industrial Development

11

 

The Establishment of Paper Mills

17

 

Transportation

21

 

 

 

II. The Entrepreneurs Arrive

 

 

Isaiah Blood

27

 

Samuel Haight

28

 

John McLean

29

 

Coe Buchanan

29

 

Lindley Murray Crane

30

 

Chauncey Kilmer

33

 

Jonas Hovey

34

 

George West

35

 

 

 

III. Industry At Its Peak

 

 

George West Paper & Bag Company

41

 

Ballston Scythe, Axe & Tool Works

63

 

Bull's Head Tannery

73

 

Other Mills and Businesses

84

 

Life In The Industrial Era

115

 

 

 

IV. The Tide of Progress

 

 

National Corporations Move In

126

 

The Trolley Line

131

 

The Survivors

139

 

A New Beginning

161

 

 

 

Appendix A: Paper Mill Floor Plans

165

Appendix B: American Axe & Tool Catalog

179

Appendix C: Pioneer Mill Auction List

184

 

 

 

Bibliography

197

 

 

 

Index of Subjects and Names

199

 

Printed in full color on glossy paper in honor of Ballston Spa's
 bicentennial (First Edition only).

 

 

 

The Eagle Mill in Craneville, just north of Factory Village. This mill was owned by Lindley Crane
in the mid-1800s but was later purchased by "Paper Bag King" George West. Photo date ~1910.


Illustrated with almost 75 photographs and graphics, and contains 13 rare paper mill floor plans.

 

Second Edition book cover:

 

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