New York State Route 373

New York State Route 373 is a short state highway in Essex County, New York, within Adirondack Park. It begins at U.S. Route 9 and proceeds eastward, ending at a ferry landing on Lake Champlain. The highway was also designated as part of the Theodore Roosevelt International Highway in 1919.

About New York State Route 373 in brief

Summary New York State Route 373New York State Route 373 is a short state highway in Essex County, New York, within Adirondack Park. It begins at U.S. Route 9 and proceeds eastward, ending at a ferry landing on Lake Champlain. The hamlet of Port Kent and the connecting road were originally built in 1823. The original alignment of what is now NY 373 began as a wide road that was built to access Port Kent from the nearby village of Keeseville. The highway was also designated as part of the Theodore Roosevelt International Highway in 1919. It was the first State Forest Preserve in America, created in the 1880s after concerns arose about logging trees in the area.

The road that accessed Port Kent originally began in Kees Eville, but became part of the longer Port Kent and Hopkinton Turnpike in the 1830s. The 75-mile highway opened in 1833 as a toll road named the Port Kent and Hopkinton Turnpike. Two years later, the turnpike commissioners petitioned the state to replace the single gate with two gates at opposite ends of the highway, asking for permission to collect the amount of the toll that would collect that half of the road would be. The state of New York granted the request.