Cold Spring in Putnam County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
From Forest to Factory to Forest
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The landscape abundant forest and untamed waterpower that drew Gouverneur Kemble to open West Point Foundry in 1818 underwent dramatic changes over its decades of operations. The areaís woodlands were denuded to produce charcoal for powering the furnaces. Foundry Brook was channelized into an intricate network of flumes, raceways and storage ponds that powered operations and regulated water flow through the site. Itís hard to picture more than 1,000 workers filling this narrow ravine, laboring day and night in a large-scale industrial complex. After foundry operations ceased, the siteís decay was gradual. Many above-ground remains were repurposed for building projects in the village, while invasive and non-native trees and other plants ultimately filled the mostly vacant site. Scenic Hudson removed tons of debris and reconstructed sections of stream banks to keep Foundry Brook within its historic channel, making it less likely to overflow and threaten foundry ruins.
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Foundry Cove: Restoring & Protecting a Natural Treasure
An incomparable setting.
From a testing platform where you are standing, foundry cannons were fired across the river.
The nearby Marathon Battery Company,
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declared Foundry Cove a Superfund site, initiating a $100-million cleanup dredging sediments and disposing of thousands of tons of contaminated soils.
Just prior to the EPA cleanup and restoration, archaeologists recovered 145,000 foundry-related artifacts.
Scenic Hudson purchased the 87-acre foundry property to ensure its permanent protection as a public resource for recreation and education.
Foundry Cove provides habitat for abundant wildlife and is a prime bird-watching and paddling destination.
Location. 41° 24.874′ N, 73° 56.893′ W. Marker is in Cold Spring, New York, in Putnam County. Marker can be reached from Kemble Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located at the Gun Platform in the West Point Foundry Preserve. Marker is at or near this postal address: 68 Kemble Avenue, Cold Spring NY 10516, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The West Point Foundry (here, next to this marker); West Point Foundry Archaeological Site The 1865 Office Building (about 400 feet away); History of West Point Foundry (about 600 feet away); Boring Mill Overlook (approx. 0.2 miles away); Foundry Brook (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Boring Mill Overlook (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jewel of the Hudson (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cold Spring.
Also see . . . West Point Foundry Preserve. Scenic Hudson website. (Submitted on January 17, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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