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The Champlain Bridge was closed this fall due to deterioration. It is to be demolished before the lake freezes this winter. Construction of a new bridge is being fast-tracked. There is much concern on the part of historic preservationists due to Crown Point and Chimney Point Historic Sites on each side of the lake. Some feel that the same NYSDOT that allowed the bridge to deteriorate so significantly will have little regard for the historical significance of these sites.

This replica of Montcalm's cross stands near the spot where he raised it on August 21st 1758. The original was large and painted red. Placed there to celebrate the French victory over the British at the battle of Ticonderoga, July 8th 1758. The monument in front also commemorate the event.

Of the seven British Regular Infantry Regiments at the battle of Ticonderoga, their loss was the greatest, but so was their bravery. Being the only unit to penetrate the French lines, only to be bayoneted on site by the enemy. This 1925 monument honours the valour of the 42nd Highlanders, The Black Watch Regiment, and that of the legendary Major Duncan Campbell.

The earliest of the French Jesuit missionaries to penetrate into the Lake George region (1636). Working among the Huron and Mohawk Indians, moving Westward to Sault Ste. Marie (which he named)in 1641. Left his legacy "The Jesuit Relations". Murdered by Indians at age 39. One of the North American Martyrs canonized in 1930. A worthy Memorial to a great human being.

Founder and Governor of New France. Tenacious and farseeing, an idealist devoting his life to founding an empire to be ruled "with justice and mercy by France, but for God". Yet in 1609 unwittingly, inaugurated the series of conflicts with the Iroquois' Five Nations that would "play havoc and flame to generations of yet unborn", as he assisted Algonquian and Huron Indians in their war with the Iroquois (near present Ticonderoga) who in turn enlisted the Dutch and English in their cause. Perhaps the New World's greatest explorer. Not only discovering the lake that bears his name, but also making trips to other distant destinations like the West Indies, Mexico, Canada and Cape Cod. See Morris Bishop: Champlain, The life of fortitude (1948). The Memorial seems majestic in Jim's photo.

His name is synonymous with treason. Had fate dealt him a kinder hand, it would be with bravery instead. Read his life, walk a mile in his shoes, and judge him then. What a pity if you don't.

A strategic command point between Lakes George and Champlain during the French and Indian War (1755-63). Originally built by the French and named Fort Carillon in 1755, gallantly defended by Montcalm in 1758 against Abercromby. It fell to Amherst in 1759 and renamed Fort Ticonderoga. Benedict Arnold and Ethan Allen subdued its garrison at the outbreak of the Revolution in 1775. Arthur St. Clair abandoned it to the British without a fight in 1777. This national treasure I find unequal as a relic of American history. The photo speaks for itself.

What a shot! The birthplace of a legend. Look closer and judge for yourself. "Did he slid down the slide that today bears his name? Or didn't he?". It seems an incredible feat to achieve. On the other hand, Rogers the Ranger WAS an incredible man. I think he did anyway!

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