Mahopac in Putnam County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
1871 and the first station was
built in 1880. By 1930 Route 6
construction moved it to Bucks
Hollow Road, used until 1969.
Mahopac American Legion Post 1080 2001
Erected 2001 by Mahopac American Legion Post 1080.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1871.
Location. 41° 22.335′ N, 73° 44.046′ W. Marker is in Mahopac, New York, in Putnam County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 6 and South Lake Blvd., on the right when traveling west on U.S. 6. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 621 Route 6, Mahopac NY 10541, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sibyl Ludington (here, next to this marker); U.S.S. Mahopac (within shouting distance of this marker); 1941 “Lest We Forget” 1945 (approx. ¼ mile away); Korean and Vietnam War Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); God Bless Our Fallen Soldiers (approx. ¼ mile away); 1917 “Lest We Forget" 1919Knickerbocker Ice (approx. 0.3 miles away); Thompson House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mahopac.
1. Stagecoaches and Railroads to Lake Mahopac
At first, vacationers came here by stagecoach. One of the main roads to Mahopac was the old Peekskill Road, which went through Mahopac Falls and Shrub Oak. It is now called Route 6N.
After 1849, when the Harlem Railroad was built as far as Croton Falls, people came by train. They were met at the station by coaches belonging to the different hotels. The Gregory House coach was pulled by 10 white horses and the Baldwin House coach had 8 black horses. People came in the evening to see the exciting race as the coaches tried to beat each other back into town.
In 1871, the New York City and Northern Railroad built its tracks all the way to Carmel. The first train run from New York to Mahopac was on July 4, 1871. It was an occasion for a big celebration. The Harlem Railroad then made plans to extend its tracks to Mahopac.
Now people could make the trip much more quickly and comfortable. Sometimes, very wealthy people hired a whole railroad car to bring up their family and the things they would need for the summer.
Local residents tell about a wedding that was held in a large house which stood where the Grand Union is now. The wedding guests had come up on the train. It stopped in front of the house and a long red carpet was unrolled from the tracks to the house. The guests got off and walked on the carpet to the wedding.
Source: The Mahopac Story
— Submitted September 22, 2009.
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