Lake Pleasant, New York

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Lake Pleasant is a town in Hamilton County, New York, United States. The population was 876 at the 2000 census. It contains the county seat of Hamilton County[1], which is also called Lake Pleasant.

The Town of Lake Pleasant is within the Adirondack Park and is centrally located in the county. The town is northwest of Schenectady.

Lake Pleasant is considered a tourist hub in Hamilton County. Estimates put the number of summer homes at around three-quarters of the homes in the area. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the unofficial Summer season, the small town is a busy community, with many activities including a parade, fireworks, Summer musical and art show.

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History

The first settlers arrived around 1795.[2] The early town was once described as "A wild waste...so poor that nobody inclines to settle in it."

Lake Pleasant was formed in 1812 from part of the Town of Johnstown before the formation of Hamilton County. Lake Pleasant was a "mother town" of the county and other towns were made, in whole or part, by removing parts of its territory: Morehouse (1835), Arietta (1836), part of Long Lake (1837), part of Hope (1847), part of Wells, (1858), and part of Indian Lake (1861).

In the past, the community of Lake Pleasant was also known as "Sageville" after Hezekiah Sage built a hotel and attempted to rename the community after himself.

In 1925, the community of Speculator set itself off from the town by incorporation as a village.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 198.0 square miles (512.8 km²), of which, 188.1 square miles (487.1 km²) of it is land and 9.9 square miles (25.6 km²) of it (5.00%) is water.

New York State Route 8, an east-west highway, and New York State Route 30, a north-south highway, intersect at the "Four Corners" in the Village of Speculator.

The Sacandaga River flows out through the west town line of the town.

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