Sounds close enough to right. The building he was staying in at the time is still standing, in fact it's the only one said to be from the original 1850's mining town. Also unlike the others, it's boarded up and has seen some recent work- I believe they plan to restore it to some degree.
As I understand it, Roosevelt was actually on a speaking tour in VT when the president was shot, and raced to his side in Buffalo- only leaving for Tahawus Club when it seemed McKinley would make a full recovery. Roosevelt and his party had reached the peak of Mt. Marcy (highest peak in NY) and were on their way back when someone came up with a telegram for the V.P. stating that McKinley had taken a turn for the worse- he'd been shot through the stomach, and although he was stabilized, eventually infection set in. Long story short, McKinley passed away before Roosevelt left the Adirondacks- he headed back to Buffalo to pay his respects and was there sworn in by a local judge as president.
My plan, having been inspired by my visit there, is to get in much better shape between now and fall, and climb Mt Marcy. I can't think of a better birthday present to myself than adding "mountain climbing" to my profile under "interests"
Originally Posted by H. Hastings
If I recall correctly, Teddy Roosevelt was staying at a camp in Tahawus in 1901 when he received word that President McKinley had been shot. By the time Roosevelt reached the nearest railway station in North Creek (after a midnight carriage ride over rough Adirondack roads) the President had died. Roosevelt was subsequently sworn in as the next President.