An Elegant Wilderness: The Gilded Age of the Adirondacks Awoke Conservationists

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The Gilded Age is tied, inextricably, to the formation of the modern industrial economy—particularly in the United States.

During this period, spanning the 1870s and 1880s, rail, coal, and industrial and agricultural production—to name just a few things—expanded rapidly. At the same time, wealth, income, and standard of living exploded for a portion of the population.

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Photo credit: Courtesy of Acanthus Press and the Adirondack Museum