On July 20, 1885, three days before his death, General Grant, unable to speak, passed a note to his doctor requesting to be taken to the Eastern Outlook. Because of his weakened state, Grant was carried there in his bath chair by his son, Colonel Fred Grant; his valet, Harrison Tyrell; and Dr. John Douglas. Engraving from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, August 1, 1885.New York Times, July 21, 1885.
" . . . old photographs show the General seated in a small rustic building on the edge of the Mountain. This building has given place to the monument."
Excerpt from "The Passing of the Pine," by J.F. O'Neill in the Mount McGregor Optimist, January 1923. Photograph from 7 Mile Funeral Cortege, 1886.
"What do you think of my taking the bath wagon and going down to overlook the south rim?"
"After the last page of his book was finished, General Grant determined to make the most of his now rapidly failing strength, in visiting, before he should die, the Eastern Outlook of the mountain, that he might gaze upon the wondrous scene there spread before him . . . . " Excerpt from The Historic Muse on Mount McGregor, One of the Adirondacks Near Saratoga, by Nathaniel B. Sylvester, 1886.
The Eastern Outlook and its Views
"There is a spot here known as the Eastern Lookout, which few visitors fail to see and which is a delight to all. It commands a broad sweep of the valley, with the green Mountains banking the eastern horizon, the Adirondacks looming up in the north, and the outlines of the Catskills traced against the southern sky. One may rest there in rustic chairs under a pavilion ingeniously built of tree limbs and branches yet in the bark, and look out upon a scene that has no equal for pastoral repose in this region."