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LAKE PLACID

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Originally appearing in Volume V16, Page 95 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LAKE PLACID, a village in Essex county, New York, U.S.A., on the W. shore of Mirror Lake, near the S. end of Lake Placid, about 42 M. N.W. of Ticonderoga. Pop. (1905) 1514; (1910) 1682. The village is served by the Delaware & Hudson railway. The region is one of the most attractive in the Adirondacks, and is a much frequented summer resort. There are four good golf courses here, and the village has a well-built club house, called the " Neighborhood House." The village lies on the narrow strip of land (about a m.) between Mirror Lake (about r m. long, N. and S., and m. wide), and Lake Placid, about 5 m. long (N.N.E. by S.S.W.), and about 12 m. (maximum) broad; its altitude is '864 ft. The lake is roughly divided, from N. to S. by three islands—Moose, the largest, and Hawk, both privately owned, and Buck—and is a beautiful sheet of water in a picturesque setting of forests and heavily wooded bills and mountains. Among the principal peaks in the vicinity are Whiteface Mountain (4871 ft.), about 3 M. N.W. of the N. end of the lake; McKenzie Mountain (3872 ft.), about 1 m. to the W., and Pulpit Mountain (2658 ft.), on the E. shore. The summit of Whiteface Mountain commands a fine view, with Gothic (4738 ft.), Saddleback (4530 ft.), Basin (4825 ft.), Marcy (5344 ft.), and McIntyre (5210 ft.) mountains about ro m. worshipped as the goddess of love, beauty and prosperity. She trade in agricultural products of the fertile highlands between has many other names, the chief being Loka mata (" mother of the world "), Padma (" the lotus "), Padma laya (" she who dwells on a lotus ") and Jaladhija (" the ocean-born "). She is represented as of a bright golden colour and seated on a lotus. She is said to have been born from the sea of milk when it was churned from ambrosia. Many quaint myths surround her birth. In the Rig Veda her name does not occur as a goddess.
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