Street Mountain first appeared in print in Colvin’s 1872 survey report, when he stated “the appropriateness of the new name will be appreciated by those familiar with the written history of the region” (Carson 159). Colvin named the thirty-first High Peak after his friend Alfred Billings Street. A well-known Adirondack author and poet, Street wrote Woods and Waters, or the Saranacs and Racket and The Indian Pass, and served as New York State Law Librarian for over thirty years.

The Indian Pass is Street’s more renowned novel of the two. Published in 1869, the book describes Street’s round-trip through much of the High Peaks Wilderness. Starting in North Elba, he trekked through Indian Pass, to Lake Colden, up Mount Marcy, to Mount Whiteface, around the Ausable Lakes, and back to North Elba. Though his book is primarily written as an entertaining narrative, Street also provides detailed descriptions of his entire route. Along with the five chapter titles describing important legs of his journey, each chapter has several subheading describing important places he visited and notable events that occurred throughout the trip.

Sign on the summit of Street Mountain

Street, Alfred Billings. The Indian Pass. Hurd & Houghton, 1869, Google Books.