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Ausable Chasm: 1906

Ausable Chasm: 1906

Upstate New York circa 1906. "Ausable Chasm, up from Table Rock." The "Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks." 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

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"Also able"

... to visit the chasm today. One of our homes is nearby and we visit Ausable about once per year. Today there is a trail that runs along the chasm, offering beautiful overlooks of the rapids and waterfalls. There's also a pleasant walking trail through the surrounding forest, and you can even white-water raft down part of the river. It's a bit touristy but still worth the visit.

[Sounds GORGEous. - Dave]

Remarkable chasm

What a triumph of detail and early technology, particularly the painterly effect of the slow exposure upon the current.

Interesting shutter speed phenomenon

I have seen a lot of photos of rushing streams, but I have never seen one quite like this. Part of the stream closest to us has the usual blurred effect, but the part farther back has a streaked brush stroke effect. It almost looks like a log jam or something.

Where Other People Went

Every year in the 1950s driving from NJ to the Adirondacks for camping and hiking vacation the roads were filled with Ausable Chasm bumper stickers.


For the era this was shot, it is the most moving (not intended as a pun) photo I have ever seen on Shorpy.

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