Old Address: 57 Bloomingdale Avenue
Other names: Pioneer Lodge (1893), Merrill Cottage (1928), Bellair Cottage (1929), Zellaire Cottage (1930), Bushey Cottage (1932), Belvedere Restaurant
The Malone Gazette, November 17, 1893
Losses by Fire
Friday the boarding cottage at Saranac Lake known as "Pioneer Lodge," was totally destroyed by fire. It was owned by M. C. & J. P. Meagher, and was insured with O'Neil & Hale for $7,000, including furnishings, most of which were saved. The fire caught in the kitchen annex near the chimney, and although great efforts were made to save the building they were unsuccessful. It was a handsome two-story wooden building.
Malone Palladium, March 7, 1907
A Saranac Lake correspondent says "While holding a horse attached to a cutter in front of the Pioneer Lodge, on Saturday afternoon of last week, Patrick O'Neil, a contractor formerly of Mineville, N. Y. was painfully injured. The animal, which belonged to M. C. Meagher became frightened at a passing locomotive, jumped and pitched Mr. O'Neil against a hydrant, breaking his left limb in two places. He was carried to the Lodge where Dr. Wicker was summoned and attended to his injuries. The horse was badly cut up and injured internally. It was not necessary to kill it however."
An advertisement in a January 1925 Enterprise, read "Mrs. Merrill, 57 Bloomingdale Avenue. Single meals 50c. Weekly board $8.00. Room and board from $11.00 to $16.00. Breakfast from 6:00 a.m. to 9 a.m. Supper 6:15 p.m. Dinner 12:15 except Sundays, 1:15. Phone 119-W-2." 1
August 16, 2003
You Know What…?
By Howard Riley
Big tips at the bell
Delivering [newspapers] to the Belvedere restaurant was always special. We were allowed to carry an extra paper and some guy at the bar would usually buy it and give you a big tip. Mr. Cavallo, Joe's father and Jerry's grandfather, used to sit at a table in the right hand window with Steve Carpenter playing cards. They could watch the passing parade on Bloomingdale Avenue which was a very busy place.
1. Adirondack Daily Enterprise, March 26, 2011