State Route 74 (New York–Vermont)
New York State Route 74 (NY 74) is a state highway in New York and Vermont. It runs for 34 miles through Essex County, New York, and Addison County, Vermont. NY 74 is connected to Vermont’s VT 74 by one of the last remaining cable ferries.
About State Route 74 (New York–Vermont) in brief
New York State Route 74 (NY 74) is a state highway in New York and Vermont. It runs for 34 miles through Essex County, New York, and Addison County, Vermont. NY 74 is connected to Vermont’s VT 74 by one of the last remaining cable ferries in North America. The Fort Ticonderoga–Larrabees Point Ferry carries cars across the state border into Vermont. The ferry began operation in 1759 on an informal basis. It was formalized at the close of the 18th century and upgraded to a cable system in 1946. The New York portion of the cross-state route was designated as part of NY 73 in the 1930 renumbering of state highways. The Vermont section carried several different designations from the 1920s to the late 1930s, when it became solely part of Vermont Route F-9. New York 73 was extended east to Lake Champlain in the 1950s, and VT F 9 was split into VT 73 andVT 74 shortly afterward. The Schroon–Ticonderoga highway was redesignated as NY 74 on July 1, 1972 after NY 73 was cut back to its current eastern terminus in Elizabethtown. It extends 20. 44 miles to the western shore of Lake Cham Plain in TIConderoga, where the ferry terminates at a landing on the lake’s eastern shore.
It also terminates 13. 26 miles later at a junction with VT 30 in the town of Cornwall. It is the oldest and southernmost ferry on the southernmost lake in the U.S., and consists of two cable system of 1 and 1/2 miles. The highway passes the entrance to the Ticondoga Amtrak station and the entrance of Fort Tichonoga, which is home to the state’s only Amtrak station. It ends at an intersection with NY 22, which heads southward for Washington County. It then turns eastward toward the center of Tchonogas, where it meets the New York State Highway 22. It continues eastward for a further 10 miles to its terminus at a ferry landing at a Landing on Lake Champlain, where VT 72 terminates. It terminates in Cornwall at a crossing over the border with Vermont’s Vermont Route 74, which terminates there 13 miles later. The entire length of the present highway consists of renamed segments from other highways. It begins at exit 28 off Interstate 87 in the hamlet of Severance in the Adirondack Mountains region of the northern part of New York state. It meets a few local road intersections just south of Goosebury Hill, which reaches an elevation of 1,600 feet.