Reference: Industry between Remsen and Lake Placid on the Scenic. There is one gravel pit/quarry not far out of Remsen which MA&N occasionally visits. It's right on the main, so you'll never see cars just sitting there.
If logging were still a major industry in the Adirondacks, I'm sure some business along that line could be drummed up, but it's not. There never was a whole lot more until you got to Tupper Lake, and even that didn't amount to much.
When built (and until the line between Lake Clear Junction and Malone was lifted) it had more value as a bridge route for freight than anything else. I'm sure the businesses that were served would disagree, but I think that's basically true.
Webb's basic premise was to open up the Adirondacks for recreation - and certainly the settlement and growth that would follow. The creation of the Adirondack Park tripped him up.
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