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

From Forest to Factory to Forest

 
 
From Forest to Factory to Forest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, January 16, 2014
1. From Forest to Factory to Forest Marker
This marker is on the east side of the gun platform.
Inscription.
( East Side Marker : )
The landscape abundant forest and untamed waterpower that drew Gouverneur Kemble to open West Point Foundry in 1818 underwent dramatic changes over its decades of operations. The areaís woodlands were denuded to produce charcoal for powering the furnaces. Foundry Brook was channelized into an intricate network of flumes, raceways and storage ponds that powered operations and regulated water flow through the site. Itís hard to picture more than 1,000 workers filling this narrow ravine, laboring day and night in a large-scale industrial complex. After foundry operations ceased, the siteís decay was gradual. Many above-ground remains were repurposed for building projects in the village, while invasive and non-native trees and other plants ultimately filled the mostly vacant site. Scenic Hudson removed tons of debris and reconstructed sections of stream banks to keep Foundry Brook within its historic channel, making it less likely to overflow and threaten foundry ruins.

( West Side Marker : )
Foundry Cove: Restoring & Protecting a Natural Treasure
Pre-1800

An incomparable setting.

1817-1911
From a testing platform where you are standing, foundry cannons were fired across the river.

1952-1979
The nearby Marathon Battery Company,
Foundry Cove: Restoring & Protecting a Natural Treasure Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, January 16, 2014
2. Foundry Cove: Restoring & Protecting a Natural Treasure Marker
This marker is on the west side of the gun platform.
which made batteries for military and commercial uses, dumped massive amounts of heavy metals and waste into Foundry Cove, polluting river sediments and poisoning wildlife.

1983-1996
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declared Foundry Cove a Superfund site, initiating a $100-million cleanup dredging sediments and disposing of thousands of tons of contaminated soils.
Just prior to the EPA cleanup and restoration, archaeologists recovered 145,000 foundry-related artifacts.

1996
Scenic Hudson purchased the 87-acre foundry property to ensure its permanent protection as a public resource for recreation and education.

Today
Foundry Cove provides habitat for abundant wildlife and is a prime bird-watching and paddling destination.
 
Location. 41° 24.874′ N, 73° 56.893′ W. Marker is in Cold Spring, New York, in Putnam County. Marker can be reached from Kemble Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located at 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. The West Point Foundry (here, next to this marker); West Point Foundry Archaeological Site
From Forest to Factory to Forest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, January 16, 2014
3. From Forest to Factory to Forest Marker
(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 17, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
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Marker in in the West Point Foundry Preserve image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, January 16, 2014
4. Marker in in the West Point Foundry Preserve
Gun Platform in the West Point Foundry Preserve image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, January 16, 2014
5. Gun Platform in the West Point Foundry Preserve
Parrott Guns and other cannon that were forged at the West Point Foundry were tested from this platform. They were fired out across the Foundry Cove seen in the background. During the Civil War, President Lincoln witnessed a weapon test at this site.
From Forest to Factory to Forest Marker on the Gun Platform image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, January 16, 2014
6. From Forest to Factory to Forest Marker on the Gun Platform
 
 
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 264 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 17, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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