MFA 2014 > Jessica Murray

Sinking of the Comanche
Sinking of the Comanche
etching with watercolor

Ballston Lake, a glacial meromictic lake near Saratoga Springs, NY is 3.1 miles long, 90 feet deep, and home to a lake monster named “Big Tim.” In the early 1900s, the Schenectady Railway Company developed a plot of land on the lake into an amusement park for its employees. Forest Park had an inn and several small cottages, a dance hall, refreshment stand, and merry-go-round. Visitors could picnic along the shore, swim at the beach, tool around in a rowboat, or take a cruise in a naphtha powered yacht named the “Comanche.”