Bay State Elevator completes a full modernization of WhiteFace Mountain’s 1930’s elevator.

Bay State Elevator completes a full modernization of WhiteFace Mountain’s 1930’s elevator.

Unique among the High Peaks, Whiteface Mountain features a developed summit and seasonal accessibility by motor vehicle. Whiteface Memorial Highway reaches a parking area at an elevation of 4,600 feet (1,400 m), with the remaining 267 feet (81 m) being obtained by tunnel and elevator.

The elevator was the idea Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1929 as a way of less able bodied visitors to visit summit and take in the 360 degree view of the Adirondack High Peaks . The elevator was first constructed in the mid-1930s and had fallen into disrepair and lack of trust in operations.

Bay State Elevator revitalized the 80 year old elevator which now features copper ceilings along the 400 foot tunnel and has glass sided panels allowing users to view the history of the mountain and how the Adirondack Mountains were formed.

The new elevator has a capacity of over 2,000 pounds accommodating Class “A” Freight Loading with a speed time of 200 feet per minute. Special features include visual and audible signals for the physically handicapped, stainless steel handrails, LED recessed light fixtures and a hands free telephone. For full details of the project visit www.WhiteFaceMountainElevator.com #whitefacemountain #Goingup #BayStateElevator