Saturday, February 24, 2024

John Sasso publishes first ‘History and Legends’ book

john sasso book cover

“These mountains have seen things’”

Ever since he began hiking the mountains of the  Adirondacks, John Sasso has been intrigued with the artifacts he would stumble upon, such as iron bolts from  old land surveys, remnants of long-gone logging camps,  mysterious woods roads, and stone foundations.  

The questions those finds provoked: “What was here?” “What was their purpose?” and “Where did the name come from?” led him to research and write about the often-surprising and always entertaining answers he’s found over the years. 

The first volume in a planned series, this book shares the fascinating stories behind the mountains of the Northern Adirondacks and, it is hoped, will lead to a deeper appreciation of this unique and remarkable area. 

An avid hiker, bushwhacker, and independent Adirondack historian from Colonie, New York, much of John Sasso’s research focuses on the history tied to Adirondack peaks and other land features, as  well as that of the early land surveys of the Adirondacks. 

Outside of his day job and his historical research, John helps build and maintain trails and lean tos with the Adirondack Forty Sixers and Lean-To Rescue. He also helps maintain fire towers with the New York State chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Association, and maintains the fire tower and trail to Mount Adams. 

His work has appeared in the Adirondack Almanack (click here to see his articles), Adirondack PEEKS Magazine, and the  Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies

His renowned Facebook group, History and Legends of the Adirondacks, was created in 2015 to  raise awareness of Adirondack history through social media.  

The overwhelming response to his pieces in History and Legends of the Adirondacks, and the  requests over the years from his followers for more stories, led to this book. 

History and Legends of the Northern Adirondacks, Volume 1 is available from The Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid and other retail establishments throughout the ADK as well as

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3 Responses

  1. louis curth says:

    Kudos to John Sasso in publishing his book “History and Legends of the Northern Adirondacks, Volume I”

    The Adirondacks is truly fertile ground in every direction of the compass for those seeking to know more about our rich and colorful history.

    Surely, there cannot be a better way to nurture the desire to care for and protect this special place, than to record those facts and stories known to us, and pass them on for the benefit of others. Thanks John and good luck.

  2. Noel A. Sherry says:

    A Huge Congrats John,
    Look forward to getting this.
    Keep up your quest,

  3. Dave Waite says:

    Congratulations John! I look forward to reading your book.

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