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The History of Shandaken, Bushnellsville & Allaben

 
 
The History of Shandaken, Bushnellsville & Allaben Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 3, 2019
1. The History of Shandaken, Bushnellsville & Allaben Marker
Inscription.  Shandaken town was established in 1804, though some tombstones date back to the 1700s. The Native American name means either "rapid water" or "place of the hemlocks" depending on who you talk to. The first industries were hemlock bark peeling for the tanneries, bluestone quarrying, and hardscrabble subsistence farming. In the late 1800s it was a densely populated bustling mix of lumber milling and furniture manufacturing, including the very large Whitney Chair Factory (below.) Around 1900, the New York City reservoir system was begun, and many workers moved here to build the Shandaken tunnel. Today it is “a natural” for city folks who need to get away from it all, providing a haven for second home owners, trout anglers, hikers, and rugged outdoorsmen.

Originally called Fox Hollow, sister hamlet Allaben was named after Dr. Orson Allaben, one of the early settlers of this narrow valley through the Catskill Mountains. It is now home to the Shandaken Town Hall and Highway Department.

Louisville Slugger used a bat factory on Fox Hollow Road in Allaben. Native Shandaken ash trees had just the right CLONK
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for pro baseball. It’s possible that Babe Ruth clobbered some home runs with one of these bats. Babe spent a lot of time at the Phoenicia Hotel.

Bushnellsville on Route 42 was named for the Bushnell family, who settled the valley in the mid-1800s. By the early 1900s, there were many farms in the area; most families kept at least one cow and many shipped apples and sold maple syrup. At that time, the hamlet had its own post office, several general stores, a cider mill, ice houses, and even a bowling alley.
Thanks to Robert Stanley Sr. for his research on Shandaken History.
Learn more about our town history at the Town of Shandaken Historical Museum in Pine Hill and the Empire State Railway Museum in Phoenicia. Or visit the Town of Shandaken website www.Shandaken.us.

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1804.
 
Location. 42° 7.171′ N, 74° 23.561′ W. Marker is in Shandaken, New York, in Ulster County. Marker can be reached from New York State Route 28 just west of Ruthenbeck Road, on the right when traveling west. Marker is mounted in a roadside interpretive kiosk, beside a pull-out on the south side of Ruthenbeck Development Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shandaken NY 12480, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
Marker detail: Whitney Chair Factory image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Whitney Chair Factory
are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Town of Shandaken Historic Sites (here, next to this marker); The Shandaken Tunnel and the N.Y.C. Water Supply System (here, next to this marker); Catskill Water Supply System (approx. 1˝ miles away); History of Big Indian and Oliverea (approx. 3 miles away); State Land (approx. 3.2 miles away); Chichester (approx. 4˝ miles away); Belleayre Mountain Ski Center (approx. 4.6 miles away); History of Pine Hill and Highmount (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shandaken.
 
Marker detail: John Phillip Sousa image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: John Phillip Sousa
The Rip Van Winkle golf course is now the Shandaken Inn. One of its original founders was the illustrious American composer John Phillip Sousa.
Marker detail: The Krump Castle image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: The Krump Castle
The Krump Castle still stands in Bushnellsville. Dr. Walter G. Krump had many remarkable guests, including Thomas Edison, John Burroughs, and Henry Ford.
Marker detail: Anton Otto Fisher image. Click for full size.
5. Marker detail: Anton Otto Fisher
Krump’s neighbor Anton Otto Fisher (above) was an illustrator for Harper’s and The Saturday Evening Post. During World War II he was named Artist Laureate of the United States Coast Guard.
Marker detail: Captain Basil L. Rowe image. Click for full size.
6. Marker detail: Captain Basil L. Rowe
Captain Basil Rowe was born on Fox Hollow Road in Shandaken in 1896. He was a friend of Charles Lindbergh, flew in World War II and the Korean War, and ended his career as a number one pilot for Pan American Airways. He wrote an autobiography “Under My Wings,” and was featured in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not for flying the equivalent in miles of 223 trips around the planet. On his passing in 1974, a plaque was erected for him on Fox Hollow Road.
Marker detail: Bradstreet Hollow Road? image. Click for full size.
7. Marker detail: Bradstreet Hollow Road?
John Bradstreet was a British General in the Revolutionary War. Why name a street after him? Bradstreet challenged the legal validity of the vast Hardenburgh Patent - two million Catskill acres granted by the King of England. The resulting confusion made it nearly impossible for absentee landlords to obtain clear title to buy or sell the land. He unwittingly helped settlers, farmers, and squatters to eventually own the farms they cleared. The General was buried at Trinity Church in Manhattan, but there is a Bradstreet family cemetery with headstones that have dates back to the 1700s on Broad Street Hollow Road. Bradstreet Hollow came to be known as Broad Street Hollow over time.
The History of Shandaken, Bushnellsville & Allaben Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 3, 2019
8. The History of Shandaken, Bushnellsville & Allaben Marker
(New York Route 28 in background)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 27, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 895 times since then and 150 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on March 28, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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