Catskill Mountains

Catskill Mountains (HMJ1C)

Location: Hannacroix, NY 12087 Greene County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 25.694', W 73° 48.332'

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Historic New York

The deep ravines, irregular ridges and rocky slopes of the Catskill Mountains long remained wild and desolate. Small settlements began in mountain valleys before the American Revolution. After the war, population grew steadily as New Englanders streamed into the higher areas, which they called the "cold lands." The Ulster and Delaware Turnpike was begun in 1802 to connect Kingston and Walton through mountain passes used by present highways. After 1875, the Ulster and Delaware Railroad, later part of the New York Central system, wound its way from Kingston to Oneonta.

Timber and water power made lumbering the principal occupation. Great stands of hemlock supplied bark for tanning leather. Furniture makers and hoop shavers once labored here. Bluestone quarrymen and glass blowers also used the resources of the area. Catskill vistas attracted many artists and inspired such writers as Washington Irving and John Burroughs. The mountains have long been famous as a resort area. In 1885, the State established the Forest Preserve to safeguard forever the natural resources.

Water from mountain streams stored in great reservoirs - Ashokan, Cannonsville, Neversink, Pepacton and Rondout - is conveyed by aqueducts and tunnels to supply New York City.
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HM NumberHMJ1C
Series This marker is part of the New York: Historic New York series
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Year Placed1968
Placed ByEducation Department, State of New York, N.Y.S. Thruway Authority
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Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 4:27pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 598257 N 4698015
Decimal Degrees42.42823333, -73.80553333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 25.694', W 73° 48.332'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 25' 41.64" N, 73° 48' 19.92" W
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Area Code(s)518
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 307 New Baltimore Service Area, Hannacroix NY 12087, US
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