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Caroga Lake, NY
A Brief History of the Town The town of Caroga was formed in 1842. Soon after the town was formed, mills and tanneries could be found in the area. Logging was also big. Roads were developed to get around the town at first, and then to get back and forth to Gloversville.  The town’s first schools that were formed were the Wiley School, and the Shaw School which were both located in North Bush. The first post mark was the North Bush Postmark, which was used for many years. The Post Office was located in John Cosselman’s store, which was located on the intersection of Beech Ridge and North Bush Roads.  Around the time of 1982, the town was divided almost equally between Baptists and Methodists. The principal symbol of the community at that time was the North Methodist Church, since it was the only church at the time. Before the church was built, Church Services and Sunday School were held in the North Bush School House (formerly known as the Shaw School).  Throughout the evolution of the town of Caroga Lake, people continued to find many ways to use the area for a source of income. People cut ice blocks from the lakes to keep ice houses cold during the summer, logged trees from the forest, lumbered the trees and tanned in the area, using the local Hemlock bark supply to cure the leather. Residents eventually began to go to nearby towns and cities for more job options. Along with people looking at outside towns to go to work, those residents from other towns began to live in the outside towns and come into Caroga Lake during the summer months. People owned summer homes here and a lot of people still do. Any town resident knows that there is a huge population of seasonal residents.  This is a very brief description of our town’s history. If you would like more information, you can purchase the Caroga Book at the town's municipal building for $20.00 plus tax. The goes through each and every historical moment that was recorded, in detail. Another way to learn more about the history, is by visiting the Caroga Museum, which is open during the summer months.
© Copyright Caroga Lake, NY. All Rights Reserved
Caroga Lake, NY
A Brief History of the Town The town of Caroga was formed in 1842. Soon after the town was formed, mills and tanneries moved into the area creating many jobs. Loggers from all over moved in to harvest logs for the mills. Roads were developed to get around the town, and then eventually expanded to get back and forth to Gloversville.  The town’s first schools that were formed were the Wiley School, and the Shaw School which were both located in North Bush. The first post mark was the North Bush Postmark, which was used for many years. The Post Office was located in John Cosselman’s store, which was located on the intersection of Beech Ridge and North Bush Roads.  Around the time of 1982, the town was divided almost equally between Baptists and Methodists. The principal symbol of the community at that time was the North Methodist Church, since it was the only church at the time. Before the church was built, Church Services and Sunday School were held in the North Bush School House (formerly known as the Shaw School).  Throughout the evolution of the town of Caroga Lake, people continued to find many ways to use the area for a source of income. People cut ice blocks from the lakes to keep ice houses cold during the summer, logged trees from the forest, lumbered the trees and tanned in the area, using the local Hemlock bark supply to cure the leather. Residents eventually began to go to nearby towns and cities for more job options. Along with people looking at outside towns to go to work, those residents from other towns began to live in the outside towns and come into Caroga Lake during the summer months. People owned summer homes here and a lot of people still do. Any town resident knows that there is a huge population of seasonal residents.  This is a very brief description of our town’s history. If you would like more information, you can purchase the Caroga Book at the town's municipal building for $20.00 plus tax. The goes through each and every historical moment that was recorded, in detail. Another way to learn more about the history, is by visiting the Caroga Museum, which is open during the summer months.