Plattsburgh, New York (1981-1983)

I am in this town from 1981 till 1983 to obtain a bachelor’s degree in environmental science at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh. I thoroughly enjoyed the following:

Tubing down the river that flowed through the campus and behind my dormitory

Going downtown to party at the many bars that were always jammed with students, and eating a slice of the best pizza I’ve ever had at the Monopole bar

Watching several very exciting college hockey games in a very small arena that made the crowd very loud

Playing intramural broomball on the school’s hockey rink (hockey w/ taped up brooms)

Going to dance parties in the basement of my co-ed dorm

Attending the Miner Center satellite school for my final semester, and developing several close friendships with such people as Rebecca Rockow, Kathie Comstock, Mary Ann Daby, and Laurie Cator.

The town is in the Cumberland Bay of Lake Champlain. The area has been a military base since colonial days, and still retains a Strategic Air Command base. The town is at the mouth of the Saranac River.

In 1776, the British won the battle of Lake Champlain off the shores of the town. In 1814, Commodore Thomas Macdonough defeated the British fleet from Canada by using anchors and winches to swivel his boats completely around, thus giving the enemy both broadsides. During this time, U.S. General Alexander Macomb was defeating the British who were ashore.

When I attended the school, the school was about 2,000 students in size. It was established in 1889. The Town of Plattsburgh had about 30,000 people when I was there. The school sits on a 300 acre campus featuring rather modernist architectural styles. In fact, you can see the “box” (insecticide factory?) that I graduated from in the photo of me at the graduation. Montreal is 60 miles to the north (we often made excursions to Canada to buy the coveted “Brador” Molson beer not sold in the U.S.) Burlington, Vermont is 40 miles to the west and across Lake Champlain.

Go to this link to see more and better photos I shot while in Plattsburgh. When the link takes you to Picasa, select “slideshow” in the upper left for the best view:

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