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

Jewel of the Hudson

 
 
Jewel of the Hudson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, January 16, 2014
1. Jewel of the Hudson Marker
Inscription.
West Point Foundry’s 1911 closing was a blow to Cold Spring, although many found work with the Hudson River Railroad and other industries. With the influx of new businesses in the Hudson Valley following World War II, the village began to enjoy a rebirth. (Residents also were attracted by the 80-minute commute to jobs in New York City.)

Recognizing the uniqueness of Cold Spring – it’s been hailed as one of the “best preserved 19th-century townscapes in the Hudson River region” – a large portion of the village, encompassing more than 200 buildings, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Today it is one of Putnam County’s prime tourist destinations, drawing visitors who enjoy the shops and restaurants along Main Street. Magnificent river views from its outstanding opportunities to connect with nature, either by launching a kayak or hiking in the Hudson Highlands. The trails and exciting interpretive features within Scenic Hudson’s 87-acre West Point Foundry Preserve are intended to connect people with Cold Spring’s fascinating heritage and awe-inspiring natural beauty.

All images from the collection of the Putnam History Museum.
 
Location. 41° 25.019′ N, 73° 56.895′ W. Marker is in Cold Spring
Jewel of the Hudson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, January 16, 2014
2. Jewel of the Hudson Marker
, New York, in Putnam County. Marker is on Chestnut Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cold Spring NY 10516, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Boring Mill Overlook (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Foundry Brook (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Boring Mill Overlook (about 300 feet away); The West Point Foundry School (about 500 feet away); The 1865 Office Building (about 500 feet away); West Point Foundry Archaeological Site (about 600 feet away); Joseph A. Percacciolo, Jr. (about 700 feet away); From Forest to Factory to Forest (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 17, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Right Side of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, January 16, 2014
3. Right Side of Marker
Jewel of the Hudson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, January 16, 2014
4. Jewel of the Hudson Marker
Photograph from Front of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, January 16, 2014
5. Photograph from Front of Marker
This photo show Main Street in Cold Spring early in the 20th century.
Photograph on Left Side of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, January 16, 2014
6. Photograph on Left Side of Marker
This photo shows workers near the West Point Foundry.
West Point Foundry Preserve Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, January 16, 2014
7. West Point Foundry Preserve Plaque
Jewel of the Hudson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, January 16, 2014
8. Jewel of the Hudson Marker
Marker on Chestnut Street image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, January 16, 2014
9. Marker on Chestnut Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 17, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 286 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on January 17, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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