Pyrites

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Pyrites lies between Canton, Hermon, and Russell. The Grasse river runs through it. A drive through the area gives you a small glimpse of the towns former stature. It started as a mining town, in the 1830’s, gaining its name from the pyrite mined there.

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Grindstones from the pulp mill.

Later a pulp mill was constructed which would become the DeGrasse Paper company. By the early 1900’s it had become a boom town, with a school, stores, meat market and several hotels. The town was at one time home to 1500 people. By the 1930’s the stock market crash had pretty much destroyed the towns industries and people left for better opportunities. Today there are still a few homes there, and if you look close, you will find dozens of concrete foundations, the remnants of a once thriving mill town. Also several mill stones from the pulp mill lay unceremoniously besides the road. One of the things to survive with grace and beauty is the St Paul’s Oratory. The building has been meticulously preserved and is the highlight of a drive through Pyrites. If you enjoyed this, please share it.

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The DeGrasse paper mill at Pyrites NY

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Photo courtesy of ADIRONDACK EXPERIENCE at Blue Mountain Lake
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Photo courtesy of ADIRONDACK EXPERIENCE at Blue Mountain Lake
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Photo courtesy of ADIRONDACK EXPERIENCE at Blue Mountain Lake
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Photo courtesy of St. Lawrence county Historical Association

Hotel Pyrites

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Photo courtesy of St. Lawrence county Historical Association

Postcards from Pyrites

 

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Lower Main street
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Pyrites meat market.

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4 thoughts on “Pyrites

  1. This is very nice, brings back alot of memories from my childhood. My grand father was caretaker for the Dexter power plant for many years. I have been in most of the minning shafts around there. Did alot of exploring with him.

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  2. I was raised there with 8 other siblings. It was a great place to grow up, kids knew right from wrong and everybody watched out for each other whether they were at “DeLorme’s” playing ball or the swimming hole. I miss those days and love remembering all the amazing things. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Thanks Cheryl for the walk through Pyrites… a lot of which I did not know! It certainly has changed a lot but at one time was thriving!

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