Plaque on Rabbit Island.

Tuberculin Rabbit Shrine

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Paul Smiths, New York

Died 1876

Pet Cemetery.

On Rabbit Island, on Upper Saint Regis Lake, there is a plaque bolted to a rock, known as the Tuberculin Rabbit Shrine. The shrine was commemorated in 1972, and honors Edward Livingston Trudeau, a man who injected rabbits with tuberculosis in the 1880s. By leaving them on the island, he discovered "the importance of environment" in treating the disease. Rabbit Island is privately owned and "tourists aren't encouraged."

Edward Trudeau was the great-grandfather of Gary "Doonsbury" Trudeau.

Also see: Roadside Pet Cemetery

Tuberculin Rabbit Shrine

Address:
Heron Lane, Paul Smiths, NY
Directions:
From the jct of Hwys 30 and 86 in Brighton/Paul Smith's, take Hwy 30 south 2-3 miles. Right on Heron Lane. This dead ends on the spit of land between Spitfire Lake (on the right) and Upper St. Regis Lake (on the left). The small island is dead ahead.
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