Old Forge, New York

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Old Forge
hamlet and CDP
Tourist souvenir shop in Old Forge, 1973
Tourist souvenir shop in Old Forge, 1973
Old Forge is located in New York
Old Forge
Old Forge
Location of Old Forge in New York
Coordinates: 43°42.6′N 74°58.4′W / 43.7100°N 74.9733°W / 43.7100; -74.9733Coordinates: 43°42.6′N 74°58.4′W / 43.7100°N 74.9733°W / 43.7100; -74.9733
Country United States
State New York
County Herkimer
Town Webb

Old Forge is a hamlet (and census-designated place) on New York State Route 28 in the town of Webb in Herkimer County, New York. Old Forge was formerly a village that dissolved its incorporation, but it remains the principal community in the region. Old Forge forms an extensive business district, primarily directed at tourism especially during the summer months. The local school is the Town of Webb UFSD, a K-12 institution with the Eskimo as their mascot. Old Forge often records the lowest winter temperatures in New York. On February 17, 1979, the record low temperature for New York was set in Old Forge at -52°F (-46°C).[1][2]

Attractions[edit]

Enchanted Forest Water Safari is New York's largest water theme park.[citation needed] It has 50 rides and attractions, including 32 water slides, as well as shops, restaurants, photographers, and a circus show.[3]

The Goodsell House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.[4]

Many peaks can be seen from the village, including McCauley Mountain, home of McCauley Mountain Ski Resort. With a 633 foot vertical drop, McCauley also boasts 21 ski trails of 3,000-5,000 ft, one double chairlift, two T-bar and two rope tows. As Old Forge is frequently affected by lake effect snow, and with 65% snowmaking capabilities, McCauley averages a base of 120+ inches and 105 days of skiing.[5]

Notable People[edit]

Summer home and vacation home to many, including former U.S. Presidents. Old Forge also has been a residence of many United States Olympic Athletes and World Cup Skiers.

Name Notability Reference
Lowell Bailey Olympic and World Cup Skier, resided and learned to ski as a youth in Old Forge. [6]
Louie Ehrensbeck Olympic Althlete in Biathlon [6]
Benjamin Harrison 23rd President of the United States built a summer camp named Berkley Lodge [7]
Hank Kashiwa US National Ski Champion, Olympic Skier, and sports commentator [6]

Airport and dam[edit]

Th Old Forge Airport is a small grass field airport that is just one mile north of the actual town. There are two runways. The airport is unattended and is privately owned. Permission must be obtained before landing. The Old Forge Dam is a small dam separating the Fulton Chain of Lakes and the Moose River.

Geography and climate[edit]

Climate data for Old Forge, New York (1971–2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 59
(15)
58
(14)
76
(24)
86
(30)
87
(31)
92
(33)
95
(35)
93
(34)
94
(34)
84
(29)
76
(24)
62
(17)
95
(35)
Average high °F (°C) 25.1
(−3.8)
28.3
(−2.1)
37.3
(2.9)
49.4
(9.7)
63.1
(17.3)
70.7
(21.5)
74.6
(23.7)
72.8
(22.7)
64.9
(18.3)
54.6
(12.6)
41.5
(5.3)
30.6
(−0.8)
51.1
(10.6)
Average low °F (°C) 2.2
(−16.6)
4.2
(−15.4)
15.2
(−9.3)
28.0
(−2.2)
40.0
(4.4)
49.1
(9.5)
53.5
(11.9)
52.2
(11.2)
44.5
(6.9)
33.9
(1.1)
24.6
(−4.1)
11.2
(−11.6)
29.9
(−1.2)
Record low °F (°C) −46
(−43)
−52
(−47)
−36
(−38)
−10
(−23)
16
(−9)
24
(−4)
30
(−1)
23
(−5)
18
(−8)
3
(−16)
−12
(−24)
−38
(−39)
−52
(−47)
Precipitation inches (mm) 4.15
(105.4)
2.96
(75.2)
3.70
(94)
3.69
(93.7)
4.14
(105.2)
4.14
(105.2)
4.57
(116.1)
4.52
(114.8)
5.07
(128.8)
4.33
(110)
4.84
(122.9)
4.28
(108.7)
50.39
(1,279.9)
Snowfall inches (cm) 56.8
(144.3)
33.4
(84.8)
27.4
(69.6)
12.4
(31.5)
2.2
(5.6)
T 0
(0)
0
(0)
T 3.3
(8.4)
22.9
(58.2)
36.3
(92.2)
194.7
(494.5)
Avg. precipitation days 19.1 14.5 15.6 13.6 14.1 13.6 12.2 12.8 13.0 14.1 17.2 18.7 178.5
Avg. snowy days 17.1 13.1 11.8 5.1 1.0 0 0 0 0 2.3 9.4 15.3 75.1
Source: TWC[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Old Forge Weather, retrieved Dec. 28, 2006.
  2. ^ USA Today - Each State's Low Temperature Record http://www.usatoday.com/weather/wcstates.htm
  3. ^ Watersafari.com
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  5. ^ "McCauley Mountain Ski Area". 
  6. ^ a b c Ulrich, Megan (17 February 2014). "Olympians in our midst". Adirondack Express. Retrieved August 2014. 
  7. ^ Herr, Charles (4 February 2014). "Benjamin Harrison’s 1895 Fulton Chain Vacation". The Adirondack Almanack. Retrieved August 2014. 
  8. ^ "NCDC: U.S. Climate Normals". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 

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