Piermont in Rockland County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
and the Northern Railroad
From 1868 onwards, the Northern changed names multiple times finally becoming the Erie-Lackawanna. During the 1920s more than 40 trains a day stopped here. With the opening of the Tappan Zee bridge in 1955 the importance of the railroad declined and traffic was reduced to 6 trains a day. It ceased operations in 1966 after 107 years of successful service that dramatically changed the economy of the area. The last train passed
The Station was staffed for 32 years by its most famous stationmaster, Marion Belle Byram-Kelly, who was ticket agent and telegrapher. In the same way that many meet via the Internet, Belle fell in love via the telegraph with Tom Kelly, the Nyack stationmaster and telegrapher. Married in 1913, Tom died six years later, leaving her a single mother. Belle was on call 24 hours a day since Western Union, before radio, was the major source for all news dispatches, baseball scores, election results, etc. In 1969, three years after the railroad ceased operations, Belle and her son, made the station their home until her death in 1976 and his in 1996. It was because they kept the station intact, disturbing little and preserving much, that the Piermont Historical Society was able to restore this station.
In 2004, the Village of Piermont acquired this station from NY State, which had taken possession of the property. The Piermont Railroad Restoration Committee (renamed the Piermont Historical Society) and the Village Board of Trustees raised funds and by 2006 the exterior and interior of the structure was restored. In 2007, the Society received the Merit Award for restoration from the Historical Society of Rockland County
In 2014, it became the museum of the history of Piermont. Most importantly, thanks to the preservation efforts of Belle and her son, Tom Jr., today we can step back in time and experience the look and feel of a 19th century station.
Erected by Historical Society of the Nyacks, Piermont Historical Society, and Hudson River Valley Greenway.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Man-Made Features • Railroads & Streetcars • Women. A significant historical year for this entry is 1873.
Location. 41° 2.499′ N, 73° 55.101′ W. Marker is in Piermont, New York, in Rockland County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Ash Street and Hudson Terrace, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 50 Ash Street, Piermont NY 10968, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Roll of Honor (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Flywheel: A Monument to Piermont's Industrial Past (approx. 0.2 miles away); Last Stop U.S.A. (approx. ¼ mile away); Sneden House (approx. ¼ mile away); Bogertown (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bridge Street Bridge Over The Sparkill Creek (approx. 0.3 miles away); Onderdonk House (approx. 0.4 miles away); John Charles Fremont (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Piermont.
Regarding Piermont Station. National Register of Historic Places #08001146
Also see . . .
1. Piermont Station (Wikipedia). The opening of Pavonia Terminal in Jersey City, New Jersey, constructed from 1886 to 1889, diverted most of the Erie Railroad traffic southward. By 1892 the Piermont station was for freight only. Passenger service ended in 1966. The railway's right-of-way has been converted into the Old Erie Path multi-use rail trail. (Submitted on August 31, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. The Restored Piermont Railroad Station. Not until 1873, when the Piermont Station was constructed, did the train stop (Submitted on August 31, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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