History of Ausable Chasm

Just after the last Ice Age (Pleistocene) and 15,000+ years in the making...there was a chasm.

Before the first flight at Kitty Hawk...

Before the first World War...

Before there were theme parks and roller coasters...

Before the Winter Olympic Games were created...

There was Ausable Chasm.

22 years before the Adirondack Park was established (1892)...62 years before the first Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid (1932)...110 years before the Winter Olympic Games returned when many witnessed the Miracle on Ice (1980)...and just five years after the end of the American Civil War...there was Ausable Chasm.

Since 1870, Ausable Chasm has thrilled and amazed all who have come to explore.  More than 10 million visitors have witnessed what mother nature has provided: a uniquely-carved, vertical-walled canyon made of 500 million year old rock.

As one of the earliest and oldest attractions in the USA, Ausable Chasm has developed a history filled with adventures, disasters, and many famous visitors.  Please click on the various topics below to explore some of our unique history.

The Devastating Floods of 1996

Messages from the Chasm “Post Office”

Historic Bridges

Stories and Legends

Discovery of the Chasm

Photographs from 1870 Through Today

Classic Postcards From The Past

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