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Monroe in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Landmark of Monroe

Landmark of Monroe Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Clifton Patrick, November 6, 2009
1. Landmark of Monroe Marker
Inscription.  The 1800s saw this site occupied by a fulling mill. During the 1900s a blacksmith shop operated by Mr. Gimpsey was here. Circa 1925 a two-story wood frame soda fountian stood here. in 1919 “The Monroe Diner” was opened. It was operated by Ray Hunter. The diner was housed in a modern stainless steel railroad car style structure. in 1956 Sam Thompson expanded the diner and renamed it the “Ballroom”. In the mid 1960s the restaurant was renamed “The Goosepond Inn”. It remain until its demolition in the spring of 1995.

Through the years the many expansions to the building had covered over Ramapo Creek. The stone & masonry channel structure for the stream was losing structural integrity & due to its small size was a factor in flooding adjacent areas. An idea was born in 1993 to address these concerns.

In 1994 Robert R. Bonney, Mayor of the Village of Monroe, shared the enviromental & aesthetic concerns the property exhibited & saw the possibility of economic betterment. To this end and with co-operation of state, county & local governements, a total redevelopment of the site ensued and Fays Drug
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was constructed.

A picture of Mayor Bonney is on the bottom of the marker.
Erected 1995 by Centerpoint Properties, Inc. - Atlanta, Georgia.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1925.
Location. 41° 19.675′ N, 74° 11.457′ W. Marker is in Monroe, New York, in Orange County. Marker is at the intersection of Lakes Road (County Route 5) and Route 17M (New York State Route 17M) on Lakes Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Lakes Rd, Monroe NY 10950, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Village of Monroe (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Monroe Cheese Co. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Village of Monroe Historic District (approx. mile away); Rest Haven (approx. mile away); Crane Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); McGarrahs Inn (approx. 0.3 miles away); Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Monroe Race Track (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monroe.
Corner of Lakes Road & Route 17M image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Clifton Patrick, November 6, 2009
2. Corner of Lakes Road & Route 17M
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 8, 2009, by Clifton Patrick of Chester, NY, United States. This page has been viewed 1,083 times since then and 148 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 8, 2009, by Clifton Patrick of Chester, NY, United States. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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Dec. 5, 2023