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Facts about Lake Placid for Kids

Gathered by: Khanson

  • Lake Placid is a village in the Adirondack Mountains in Essex County, New York, United States.
  • The Village of Lake Placid is near the center of the Town of North Elba, 52 miles southwest of Plattsburgh.
  • By 1840, the population of “North Elba” consisted of six families.
  • In 1845, Gerrit Smith arrived in North Elba and not only bought a great deal of land around the village, but granted large tracts to former slaves, reforming the land law and reflecting his support of Abolitionism.
  • As leisure time increased in the late 19th century, Lake Placid was discovered by the rich and famous, who were drawn to the fashionable Lake Placid Club.
  • Melvil Dewey, who invented the Dewey Decimal System, designed what was then called “Placid Park Club” in 1895 and inspired the village to change its name to Lake Placid, which became an incorporated village in 1900.
  • Dewey kept the club open through the winter in 1905, which aided the development of winter sports in the area, although nearby Saranac Lake had hosted an international winter sporting event as early as 1889.
  • By 1921, the area could boast a ski jump, speed skating venue and ski association, and in 1929, Dr. Godfrey Dewey, Melvil’s son, was able to convince the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that Lake Placid had the best winter sports facilities in the nation.
  • The Lake Placid Club was the headquarters for the IOC for the 1932 and the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid.
  • In the United States, the village is especially remembered as the site of the 1980 USA–USSR hockey game, the so-called “Miracle on Ice”, when a group of American college students and amateurs upset the heavily favored Soviet national ice hockey team 4–3 and two days later won the gold medal.
  • During the 1932 games, the trails outside of the city served for the cross-country skiing events and the cross-country skiing part of the Nordic combined event.
  • Jack Shea, a resident of the village, became the first person to win two gold medals when he doubled in speed skating at the 1932 Winter Olympics.
  • During the 1980 Olympics, Lake Placid Middle/High School was issued an alcohol license.
  • Whiteface Mountain (4,867 ft), in nearby Wilmington about 13 miles from Lake Placid, offers skiing, hiking, gondola rides, and mountain biking, and is the only one of the High Peaks that can be reached via an auto road.
  • Lake Placid built its first golf course in 1898, one of the first in the United States, and has more golf courses than any other region in the Adirondacks.
  • The Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows have been held at the North Elba Showgrounds for the past 41 years.
  • Lake Placid is home to five private schools: Mountain Lake Academy National Sports Academy North Country School Northwood School St. Agnes School Lake Placid is served by nearby Adirondack Regional Airport in Saranac Lake, 16 miles from the village.
  • There are currently plans to restore service to Utica, New York According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.5 square miles, of which 1.4 square miles is land, and 0.2 square miles is water.
  • As of the census of 2000, there were 2,638 people, 1,303 households, and 604 families residing in the village.
  • 45.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older.
  • For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.
  • The median income for a household in the village was $28,239, and the median income for a family was $43,042.
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