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Staten Island in Richmond County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Mount Loretto Bluffs

 
 
Mount Loretto Bluffs wayside image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 6, 2012
1. Mount Loretto Bluffs wayside
Inscription.  
The bluffs are a fragile part of the Mount Loretto Unique Area. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is working to preserve this feature. From here, you see magnificent views of Raritan Bay. The bluffs consist of soils found typically in the southeastern US. The bright red soil is unusual and adds to the area’s beauty. The remains of a concret (sic) bulkhead are still present. Inside the deteriorating wall you can see old cot legs and bed frames from the orphanage.
Follow the trail behind the lighthouse down to the beach for an up-close view of this unique feature.

Horseshoe Crab facts
- Not a crab, it’s related to spiders, ticks and scorpions
- With five pairs of legs and a mouth hidden under its shell, it has changed little in the past 200 million years.
- Horseshoe crab eggs are important food for shorebirds, and its blue blood is used in medical research.
 
Erected by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Parks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location.
Mount Loretto Bluffs image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 26, 2012
2. Mount Loretto Bluffs
40° 30.259′ N, 74° 13.05′ W. Marker is in Staten Island, New York, in Richmond County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Mount Loretto Unique Area, Staten Island NY 10309, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mount Loretto History (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Elizabeth’s (approx. half a mile away); The Bells of the Church of Saints Joachim and Ann (approx. half a mile away); The Church of Saint Joachim – Saint Ann (approx. half a mile away); CYO Memorial Tree (approx. half a mile away); Rev. John C. Drumgoole. (approx. 0.6 miles away); In Loving Memory of Sister Mary Ann (approx. 0.6 miles away); Staten Island Civil War Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Staten Island.
 
Also see . . .  Mount Loretto Unique Area. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on August 26, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Mount Loretto Bluffs image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, June 23, 2013
3. Mount Loretto Bluffs
The new and old Raritan Ray Lighthouses.
Horseshoe crab image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, unknown
4. Horseshoe crab
Not as common as they used to be here.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 26, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 26, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.
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