Tahawus in Essex County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
ALL IDEAS WELCOME
Desperation led Henderson and others to devise grand schemes to connect the iron making community to eastern markets over various routes and using several different modes of transport.
Henderson's and McIntyre's dreams were to have a rail spur built all the way to Adirondac. McIntyre lobbied the State Legislature to finance the route, but his efforts were not successful.
HORSE DRAWN WAGONS AND SLEIGHS
The only way to get materials in and iron out was overland by wagon and sleigh, over a rough, muddy road or over ice and snow.
A WOODEN RAILROAD
Henderson took matters into his own hands and had a rail line built using wooden rails, with freight carried in horse drawn wagons.
Dams were built on the Hudson River that created a water route from the new furnace to Lower Works. Barges were built, at least one powered by steam, to carry the freight.
Existing Public Roads 1850s
A sparse network of public roads connected outlying communities, but many were only passable
Improve the Road to Crown Point
McIntyre constantly pushed the state legislature to fund improvement of the overland route to the works.
Develop the Schroon River Corridor
Build a rail line to Schroon River and a plank road, or a water route from there to Warrensburg.
Dam the Hudson
Henderson considered constructing a series of dams all the way up the Hudson from Albany to allow water access to the works.
Build a Rail Line Along the Hudson
Thomas C. Durant, builder of the eastern part of the Transcontinental Railroad, started a rail line to the works, but he was a decade too late. The line only made it as far as North River when Durant ran out of money.
Connect to the Erie Canal
Another scheme was to connect to the Erie Canal via lakes, canals, and railroads from the Hudson River to the Mohawk River.
Connect the St. Lawrence River to the Champlain Canal
Henderson even considered a route from the St. Lawrence River to the Champlain Canal using railroads, canals, and dammed rivers. Connect to a Rail Line From Sacketts Harbor
Henderson pushed for a connection to a proposed railroad from Lake Ontario at Sacketts Harbor to Saratoga. The railroad received a charter but was never built.
Erected by Open Space Institute.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Roads & Vehicles • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 44° 5.277′ N, 74° 3.365′ W. Marker is in Tahawus, New York, in Essex County. Marker is on Upper Works Road (County Route 25) 9.8 miles Blue Ridge Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newcomb NY 12879, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. From Rock to Iron (a few steps from this marker); The Money Men (a few steps from this marker); W.R.K. Taylor Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Jennings Cottage (within shouting distance of this marker); Lazy Lodge (within shouting distance of this marker); Taming the Wilderness (within shouting distance of this marker); Three Communities (within shouting distance of this marker); Coe Cottage (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tahawus.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 13, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 11 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on April 13, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.
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