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Second Look: Northern NY History Podcast

Apr 17, 2019

April 22, 1869: Black River looses one bridge and one saw mill by the freshet. In Dexter, we hear the village is afloat, and that some people can’t get out of their houses, on account of the freshet.

The Great Flood of 1869 roared through communities in the north country 150 years ago, destroying bridges, business and...


Dec 5, 2018

Nov. 29, 1868: The Woodruff House, under the management of Anson Lance, is daily growing in popular favor. Since he erected the new barn, the county custom has more than doubled. The hotel has also been thoroughly repaired and renovated. Yesterday the proprietor gave a Thanksgiving dinner with the following bill of...


Oct 29, 2018

Oct. 18, 1868: This evening Laura Keene, whose name has become a household word, appears in her favorite part in “The American Cousin,” the play that was on the stage of Ford’s theater when President Lincoln was assassinated. Laura Keene was on the stage when Booth jumped onto it, and she held the head of the...


Oct 8, 2018

He's been called the Stephen Colbert of the Civil War. He's also been compared to an awkward ox (by a friend) and "abominably nasty" by others. He was admired by President Lincoln and friends with Mark Twain. 

When a friend claimed that he had never met a man drunker than Locke, the inebriated comedian replied, “Get...


Aug 20, 2018

We take a Second Look at the local history of the north country region of New York in our weekly podcast, by mining the pages of the 150-year-plus newspaper, the Watertown Daily Times in Watertown, N.Y.

150 years ago
Aug. 18, 1868: Sheriff Johnson, who attached the animals of Howe’s Circus, has the elephant and other...