A View From the Road
The Kingsbridge Road entered the future Central Park at around 95th Street and veered west to find a suitable place to cross the Harlem Creek, which flowed east into the Harlem River. The road passed through this rocky landscape and descended through McGowan's Pass, named after the McGowan family, who owned a house and tavern near the present-day site of the Park's operational area known
Erected by Central Park Conservancy.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & Vehicles • War of 1812 • War, US Revolutionary.
Location. 40° 47.75′ N, 73° 57.133′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker can be reached from East Drive. Marker is in Central Park. Touch for mapTouch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. McGown's Pass (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Clinton: On Top of Manhattan (within shouting distance of this marker); Mount Saint Vincent (within shouting distance of this marker); Before There Was a Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Andrew Haswell Green Memorial (about 600 feet away); Shoreline Walk (about 600 feet away); Odetta (about 600 feet away); Maria Callas Birthplace (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Regarding A View From the Road. Recently, the Central Park Conservancy has begun installing informational waysides like this one.
Also see . . .
1. New York City in the American Revolution: McGowan’s Pass and Black Horse Tavern. Revolutionary War Journal article. (Submitted on September 12, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Excavated in Central Park: Traces of Anti-Redcoat Fortifications, Never Needed. New York Times article, 09/24/2014 (Submitted on September 12, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 24, 2016, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 313 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 24, 2016, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 3, 4. submitted on September 12, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.