February 22, 2014

Grace Peak gets closer

ELIZABETHTOWN — Members of the Adirondack Forty-Sixers Inc. are getting closer to naming an Adirondack mountain for group founder Grace Hudowalski.

She was the volunteer historian who ran the 46ers office for decades, corresponding with hikers who hoped to conquer the state’s 46 highest mountains and sending patches to those who completed the set.

She died in 2004 at age 98.

Elizabethtown resident Sandra Weber recently told the Essex County Board of Supervisors that the campaign to name a Town of North Hudson mountain Grace Peak, in honor of Hudowalski, is almost complete.

The mountain is now called East Dix.

Weber thanked Supervisor Ronald Moore (R-North Hudson) and the Board of Supervisors for embracing Hudowalski’s legacy by supporting the name change.

“You have set in motion a landslide of good will.”

Moore said the North Hudson Town Council passed a resolution to name Grace Peak in honor of a lifetime of dedication by Hudowalski. The Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a similar resolution.


The U.S. Board on Geographic Names must approve the Grace Peak redesignation, but Board of Supervisors Chair Randy Douglas (D-Jay) said he has been told there shouldn’t be a problem with that.

He said the New York State Committee on Geographic Names also supports the change.

“The state is ready to move forward with this. I don’t see an issue with the state.”

The 46ers have also asked that South Dix in North Hudson be renamed Carson Peak, for Russell Carson (1884-1961), the author of “Peaks and People of the Adirondacks.”


Weber said she donated some of Hudowalski’s belongings to the Adirondack History Center Museum in Elizabethtown for an exhibit.

“Those items include Grace’s writing desk and chair, on which she wrote letters to thousands and thousands of people. That’s going to bring people like you never imagined to this region.”

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