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Saugerties in Ulster 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 21, 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
Catskill Mountains Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 21, 2012
2. Catskill Mountains Marker
1965 by State of New York Education Department, N.Y.S. Thruway Authority.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Historic New York marker series.
 
Location. 42° 3.23′ N, 73° 59.002′ W. Marker is in Saugerties, New York, in Ulster County. Marker is on New York State Thruway (Interstate 87), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in a parking area on the New York State Thruway that is used for truck inspections. Marker is in this post office area: Saugerties NY 12477, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Senate House – 1676 (approx. 2.9 miles away); Kingston Area (approx. 2.9 miles away); Hudson Valley (approx. 3.9 miles away); Former New York State Champion Tree (approx. 4.1 miles away); The Stone Jug (approx. 5.6 miles away); “Historic Diner” (approx. 6.9 miles away); Old Stockade 1658 (approx. 8.4 miles away); Senate House (approx. 8.4 miles away).
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Marker on the New York State Thruway image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 21, 2012
3. Marker on the New York State Thruway
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 23, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 454 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 23, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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