|City, town or village
||1713 feet (522 meters)
|Latitude (DMS format)
||Longitude (DMS format)
||Map on which this town can be found
|44° 24' 3"N
||73° 50' 57"W
North Pole, New York is located in Essex
County, in the northeast corner of the
state. It's situated on the west end of
Wilmington, 12 miles northeast of Lake
Placid and about 45 miles south of the
Time Zone: North Pole, New York is in the Eastern Time Zone.
Recreational opportunities in the area
Skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and rafting
are just a few of the many outdoor recreational
opportunities that abound in the area.
Over the years, points of interest in the region have included:
* High Falls Gorge
* Saranac Lake
* Whiteface Mountain
* Lake Placid
* Au Sable Forks
* A number of ski areas
* Santa's Workshop
Designed by artist Arto Monaco, Santa's
Workshop is one of the oldest theme parks
in the United States. Monaco later designed
and built his own nearby amusement park,
Land of Makebelieve, in Upper Jay, New York.
It opened in 1954, and remained a popular
attraction until repeated ice floods forced
the theme park to close in 1979. In addition
to Santa's Workshop and the fondly-remembered
Land of Makebelieve, Monaco also helped design
Old McDonald's Farm, in nearby Lake Placid.
Julian Reiss established Santa's Workshop in
the late 1940s, in the Adirondack Mountains
of Upstate New York. The Christmas-themed
family amusement park with its rides, petting
zoo, shows and Christmas shops had been the
centerpiece of North Pole, New York, before the
tiny hamlet dwindled to just a few buildings.
Reiss was known not only for the inventive
Santa's Workshop, but also his Operation
Toylift. The charitable effort has helped
spread the Christmas spirit by delivering
toys and gifts to underprivileged children
in the area.
After the U.S. Postal Service awarded North
Pole, New York "Rural Postal Station" status in
the mid-1950s, and later its own ZIP code (12946),
the tiny North Pole post office became a popular
and apropos location to mail holiday greetings.
U.S. map showing the location of North Pole, New York
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