Bear Mountain in Rockland County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
1819 – 1892
To commemorate the gift in 1910 by
Mary Wilson Harriman
Making Possible The
Bear Mountain-Harriman State Park
Dedicated November 17, 1940 Jo Davidson, Sculptor
[ Marker next to the Statue ]
Whitman is famous for his poems of democracy and America. His first and best known work "Leaves of Grass" of which the "Song of the Open Road" is part, was published in 1855 and was received for the most part with abuse, later
In 1940 this statue was presented to the Palisades Interstate Park Commission by William Averell Harriman in behalf of his brother and sisters as a memorial to their mother Mary Williamson Harriman on the thirtieth anniversary of her gift to the state of ten thousand acres of land and one million dollars to establish the Bear Mountain – Harriman section of the Palisades Interstate Park.
This statue of Walt Whitman was designed by Jo Davidson to portray the feeling of one of Whitman's verses in the "Song of the Open Road". It was exhibited at the New York World's Fair before being placed here.
Below are the lines cut in the rock to your right from the "Song of the Open Road".
The Song of the Open Road
Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.
Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune,
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms,
Strong and content I travel the open road.
Camerado, I give you my hand!
I give you my love more precious than money,
I give you myself before preaching or law;
Will you give me yourself? Will you come travel with me?
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Charity & Public Work • Environment.
Location. 41° 19.014′ N, 73° 59.277′ W. Marker is in Bear Mountain, New York, in Rockland County. Marker can be reached from Perkins Memorial Drive 2 miles north of Seven Lakes Drive, on the left when traveling north. Located on the path from the Bear Mountain Inn to Fort Clinton. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bear Mountain NY 10911, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Indian Campsite (within shouting distance of this marker); Appalachian Trail (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bear Mt. Bridge (about 600 feet away); Anthonys Nose (about 600 feet away); Ancient Canyon (about 600 feet away); Railroads (about 600 feet away); Scenic Road (about 600 feet away); Hudson River (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bear Mountain.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 2, 2011, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 914 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 2, 2011, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. 5. submitted on February 22, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.