Harlem Valley Rail Trail

Harlem Valley Rail Trail (HM2771)

Location: Copake Falls, NY 12517 Columbia County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 7.235', W 73° 31.19'

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The Harlem Valley derives its name from "The New York and Harlem Railroad," chartered in 1831 and opened in lower Manhattan in 1832 with horse drawn cars. In 1842 the line crossed the Harlem River, and in 1873 joined the New York Central Railroad, becoming known as the Harlem Division.
By 1852 it extended north to the Village of Chatham. In all, the line stretched 131 miles of track.
What you see today while hiking and biking on this linear recreationway is a glimpse of Columbia and Dutchess Counties as thousands of paying passengers saw the countryside until a little more than two decades ago, when passenger service was discontinued by Penn Central between Dover Plains and Chatham in 1972. (Reference: The Coming of the New York and Harlem Railroad, by Louis V. Grogan 1989.)

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Taconic Region
HM NumberHM2771
Placed ByNew York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, April 26th, 2018 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 622353 N 4664224
Decimal Degrees42.12058333, -73.51983333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 7.235', W 73° 31.19'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 7' 14.1" N, 73° 31' 11.4" W
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Area Code(s)518
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Harlem Valley Rail Trail, Copake Falls NY 12517, US
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