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Hannacroix in Greene County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Catskill Mountains

Historic New York

 
 
Catskill Mountains Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 27, 2012
1. Catskill Mountains Marker
Inscription. The deep ravines, irregular ridges and rocky slopes of the Catskill Mountains long remained wild and desolate. Small settlements began in mountain valleys before the American Revolution. After the war, population grew steadily as New Englanders streamed into the higher areas, which they called the “cold lands.” The Ulster and Delaware Turnpike was begun in 1802 to connect Kingston and Walton through mountain passes used by present highways. After 1875, the Ulster and Delaware Railroad, later part of the New York Central system, wound its way from Kingston to Oneonta.

Timber and water power made lumbering the principal occupation. Great stands of hemlock supplied bark for tanning leather. Furniture makers and hoop shavers once labored here. Bluestone quarrymen and glass blowers also used the resources of the area. Catskill vistas attracted many artists and inspired such writers as Washington Irving and John Burroughs. The mountains have long been famous as a resort area. In 1885, the State established the Forest Preserve to safeguard forever the natural resources.

Water from mountain streams stored in great reservoirs – Ashokan, Cannonsville, Neversink, Pepacton and Rondout – is conveyed by aqueducts and tunnels to supply New York City.
 
Erected 1968 by Education
Catskill Mountains Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 13, 2008
2. Catskill Mountains Marker
Department, State of New York, N.Y.S. Thruway Authority.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Historic New York marker series.
 
Location. 42° 25.694′ N, 73° 48.332′ W. Marker is in Hannacroix, New York, in Greene County. Marker can be reached from New York Thruway (U.S. 87), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located in the New Baltimore Rest Area on the New York Thruway. Marker is in this post office area: Hannacroix NY 12087, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Powell Patent (approx. 2.4 miles away); Henry Hudson (approx. 2.5 miles away); Henry Van Schaack (approx. 2.8 miles away); Sharptown (approx. 3.4 miles away); Gravesite (approx. 5.5 miles away); Old Columbia Academy (approx. 5.8 miles away); Benedict Arnold House (approx. 5.8 miles away); Gen. John Burgoyne (approx. 5.8 miles away).
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Marker on the NY Thruway image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 13, 2008
3. Marker on the NY Thruway
Catskill Mountains Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 27, 2012
4. Catskill Mountains Marker
New Baltimore Travel Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 13, 2008
5. New Baltimore Travel Plaza
The marker is found in the New Baltimore Travel Plaza on the NY State Thruway. This marker is located nearby.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 14, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,100 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 28, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   2, 3. submitted on March 14, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4. submitted on June 28, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5. submitted on March 14, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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