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The Secrets of Crab Island
Just outside of Plattsburgh, NY, south of Cumberland Bay and north of famous Valcour Island there sits a small, heavily wooded limestone isle. Fairly unremarkable in appearance, it has all that one would expect to find on one of the many islands in this deep and lovely lake- rocky shores covered with shale, mixed forests of conifers, maples and oaks, and great bunches of poison ivy growing profusely in the few open patches between shore and forest.
tiny Crab Island is different from many of its better-known
One of the keys to its difference lies in the small clearing
on the northwestern shore- here one can find a tall granite
obelisk, surrounded by a rusting fence. The monument does not
tell why it stands- the bronze plaques that once adorned its
sides are gone. The mighty granite eagles adorning each face
have had their heads broken off by vandals. The large granite
blocks have gaping holes where mortar once held them together.
Might this be one of Crab Island's secrets?
little further south one can find a small shed, not much bigger
than an outhouse- the sole surviving building on Crab Island.
Continuing down the Trillium and Jack-in-the-Pulpit
bordered path we finally reach the southwestern shore.
The shore is littered with sharp and jagged rock- shale and limestone- harboring
Crab Island has many tales to tell. The monument, ramshackle shed, the concrete pads in the clearing, and even the rocks on the shore are clues to its secrets.
These are the Secrets of Crab Island...
On November 11, 2002, Crab Island was
featured in a WPTZ/Lake Champlain Basin Program Champlain 2000 feature story. Unfortunately the video and story are no longer available online.
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