Today's TOTALLY 1880s post marks the end of something--Robert Louis Stevenson's time in Saranac Lake! Stevenson arrived in Saranac Lake in October of 1887, and by April of 1888, he had departed for warmer climes. Stevenson, who most likely had tuberculosis, had been on his way to seek treatment in Colorado Springs. He decided to change his destination based on Dr. Trudeau's reputation for treating the disease. Stevenson rented the Baker Cottage along the Saranac River (now known as the Stevenson Cottage), and arranged for treatment under Dr. Trudeau's care. They became close friends, and developed a respect for one another despite their sometimes heated disagreements. Much to Dr. Trudeau's chagrin, Stevenson was a chain smoker; Trudeau told him this was not the "cure" he had in mind.
Stevenson was a celebrity at that time, and his time in Saranac Lake attracted great attention, both locally and around the world. This played a great part in increasing the the village's reputation for health-seekers. He left Saranac Lake and headed to Samoa, where he spent six years before dying of his illness.
Learn more about Stevenson's time in Saranac Lake and the works he produced while curing on our wiki. And be sure to check out the Stevenson Cottage to see the place where he stayed and immerse yourself in Stevensoniana!
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