“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Roscoe in Sullivan County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The Catskill Mountains

Historic New York

The Catskill Mountains Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, September 11, 2009
1. The Catskill Mountains Marker
Inscription. The Catskill Mountains tower above the Hudson River as it winds its way past one of the most popular resort areas in the United States. These time-worn mountains were called Kaatskill (Cat Creek) by Dutchmen of the seventeenth century, probably because of the wildcats that once roamed the area.

This group of gently sloping peaks, only two of which exceed 4,000 feet, have contributed to the pleasure, economy, and culture of generations of New Yorkers. During the nineteenth century, Catskill forests supplied timber for lumber mills, tanneries, and furniture factories. They also provided the setting for several literary works, the most famous being Rip Van Winkle. The scenic beauty of the area has been depicted in the landscapes of many artists.

Early twentieth century conservationists, fearful that the natural resources of this region would be stripped, created the Catskill Forest Preserve. Through the work of this State agency, fields have gone back to woodlot and the shorn hills have grown new timber.
Erected 1967 by Education Department, State of NY, Department of Transportation.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Historic New York marker series.
Location. 41° 55.561′ N, 74° 
The Catskill Mountains Marker image. Click for full size.
By Scott J. Payne, October 1, 2016
2. The Catskill Mountains Marker
51.853′ W. Marker is near Roscoe, New York, in Sullivan County. Marker is on the Route 17 Quickway at the Roscoe Rest Area, 2.8 miles east of Exit 94 (Old Route 17), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in front of the comfort station. Marker is in this post office area: Roscoe NY 12776, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. “They Came to the Mountains by Rail” (here, next to this marker); Roscoe Station Site N.Y Ontario & Western Rwy. (approx. 2.6 miles away); Stone School House (approx. 16.7 miles away); Old Stone Schoolhouse (approx. 16.7 miles away).
More about this marker. In the coming months Route 17 also known as the "Quickway" will be converted to Interstate 86.
Categories. Horticulture & ForestryNatural Resources
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York. This page has been viewed 596 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York.   2. submitted on , by Scott J. Payne of Deposit, New York. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on October 4, 2016.
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