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Cold Spring in Putnam County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The West Point Foundry

 
 
The West Point Foundry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, January 16, 2014
1. The West Point Foundry Marker

Inscription.
A writer describing this
military establishment observes:

“During my visit I learned that since the [Civil] war began over three hundred cannon have been manufactured here for our government – the Parrott gun exclusively – to 300-pounders. The guns have done duty in our forts, on our gunboats, and in our grandly-moving armies, so sublimely sweeping through the hostile Southern States. One of these 300-pounders weighs twenty-six thousand pounds, or thirteen tons. One was being cast as I visited the place. It was a sight worth traveling hundreds of miles to see. These guns are submitted to the severest tests before turned over for service. The precipitate banks of Crow Nest are the target of the experimental trial, the distance fired being two thousand yards. Two huge bare spots, with deep indentures in the rocks, attest the accuracy of the range and force of the firing. At all hours of the day for the past four years the firing of these guns have awakened fearful echoes among these environing heights, oftentimes sounding like the roar of a terrible battle.”

- - The New York Times.   1865

 
Location. 41° 24.873′ N, 73° 56.892′ W. Marker is in Cold Spring, New York, in Putnam County. Marker can
The West Point Foundry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, January 16, 2014
2. The West Point Foundry Marker
be reached from Kemble Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located on the gun platform in the West Point Foundry Preserve. Marker is at or near this postal address: 68 Kemble Avenue, Cold Spring NY 10516, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. From Forest to Factory to Forest (here, next to this marker); West Point Foundry Archaeological Site (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The 1865 Office Building (about 400 feet away); History of West Point Foundry (about 600 feet away); Boring Mill Overlook (approx. 0.2 miles away); Foundry Brook (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Boring Mill Overlook (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jewel of the Hudson (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cold Spring.
 
Also see . . .  West Point Foundry Preserve. Scenic Hudson website. (Submitted on January 16, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Marker on the Gun Platform image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, January 16, 2014
3. Marker on the Gun Platform
West Point Foundry Gun Platform image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, January 16, 2014
4. West Point Foundry Gun Platform
During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln witnessed the testing of a Parrott gun forged at the West Point Foundry conducted on this platform.
West Point Foundry Preserve image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, January 16, 2014
5. West Point Foundry Preserve
The marker is located in the West Point Foundry Preserve.
West Point Foundry Preserve Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, January 16, 2014
6. West Point Foundry Preserve Plaque
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 16, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 281 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 16, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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