Living History: A connection to the one of the first 46ers

In the early 1880s, Herb Clark made his way to the Saranac Lake area from Keeseville. He met his wife Mary and together they raised a family of six children.

He was an extremely hardworking family man who was a well-respected guide at Knollwood Camp for the Louis Marshall family on Lower Saranac Lake. Many people know Herb as one of the first 46ers, along with Bob and George Marshall. This quaint town still acts as an anchor for four of his grandchildren: John and Jim (sons of James Sr.) and Cathy and Tom (Children of George). The Clarks share their grandfather’s love for the outdoors and have continued to keep his memory alive among their respective families.

For more on Herb Clark and the important role of Adirondack guides in local history, visit Historic Saranac Lake’s online encyclopedia of local history at