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Bear Mountain, New York Historical Markers

 
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By Bill Coughlin, February 16, 2012
Marker in Bear Mountain State Park
New York (Rockland County), Bear Mountain — Ancient Canyon
The rivers surface is sea level, and the water is 120 feet deep in the channel. Below that is an old canyon 650 feet deep filled with mud and gravel. — Map (db m54101) HM
New York (Rockland County), Bear Mountain — Anthonys Nose
The top of the mountain across the river is 909 feet above the Hudson River. One story about the mountain’s name says the “nose” was a rocky-ledge blasted away in 1846. — Map (db m54100) HM
New York (Rockland County), Bear Mountain — Appalachian Trail
This 2,000 mile hiker’s path from Georgia to Maine goes over the top of Bear Mountain at 1,300 feet, and down to the lowest spot on the entire trail (120 feet) at the Bear Den. — Map (db m52869) HM
New York (Rockland County), Bear Mountain — Bear Mountain Bridge
Bear Mountain Bridge The first highway bridge to span the Hudson River south of Albany Begun March 24th 1923 – Opened Nov. 27th 1924 To all who With thought labor and loyalty have Contributed to the construction of This bridge and . . . — Map (db m48083) HM
New York (Rockland County), Bear Mountain — Bear Mt. Bridge
It opened in 1924. At the time it was the worlds longest suspension-bridge at 2,257 feet. It was built by the Harriman family in 1910, and sold to NYS in 1940. — Map (db m54099) HM
New York (Rockland County), Bear Mountain — Boundaries
Four counties come together here. Your’e standing in Rockland and looking at Westchester across the river. North of the bridge is Orange County on this side, and Putnam on the other. — Map (db m54104) HM
New York (Rockland County), Bear Mountain — Doodletown
Half a mile up this road is Doodletown, pioneer hamlet through which the British army marched to attack Ft. Clinton, 1777 — Map (db m52704) HM
New York (Rockland County), Bear Mountain — Dunderberg Mt.
It’s at the south end of the park at an elevation of 930 feet, and is the southern gateway to the Hudson Highlands. — Map (db m54106) HM
New York (Rockland County), Bear Mountain — 3 — Fighting at Hessian Lake
Fighting at Hessian Lake You are walking part of the 1777 historic trail that retraces as nearly as possible the routes taken by the British army during the Revolutionary War. On October 6, 1777, Lieutenant General Sir Henry Clinton landed . . . — Map (db m47833) HM
New York (Rockland County), Bear Mountain — First Fighting at Fort Clinton
Erected June 25 1921 When The British Attacked Forts Clinton And Montgomery Oct. 6 1777 The First Fighting Occurred Over The Outworks Located At This Point Gen. Geo. Clinton Commanded the American Forces Sir Henry Clinton Commanded the . . . — Map (db m47777) HM
New York (Rockland County), Bear Mountain — Fort Clinton’s Outer Redoubt
You are looking at the remains of Fort Clinton’s Outer Redoubt; it is all that survives of this Revolutionary War fort. Work on Fort Clinton began in July 1776 on the recommendation of American officers who were concerned that this high ground . . . — Map (db m52689) HM
New York (Rockland County), Bear Mountain — Gray’s Hill
. . . — Map (db m52723) HM
New York (Rockland County), Bear Mountain — Hudson River
From its beginning in the high peaks of the Adirondacks, to the Atlantic Ocean, the Hudson flows for 315 miles. — Map (db m54105) HM
New York (Rockland County), Bear Mountain — Indian Campsite
The finding of knives, net sinkers, arrowpoints, scrapers and chips, indicates that the level ground in front of you was used as a campsite by Indians while on hunting and fishing expeditions. Additional artifacts, that were found here and . . . — Map (db m52868) HM
New York (Rockland County), Bear Mountain — Iona Island
The land to the east of the tracks was the site of a naval annumition depot thru both World Wars and the Korean Conflict. It became NYS Parklands in 1965, and is a winter sanctuary for bald eagles. — Map (db m54107) HM
New York (Rockland County), Bear Mountain — Outer Redoubt of Fort Clinton1776 - 1777
A redoubt is a small enclosed, heavily armed fortification built to protect a strategic location. In 1776, fearing a possible assault by land, the Americans constructed the outer redoubt on this high piece of ground. It not only commanded the main . . . — Map (db m52701) HM
New York (Rockland County), Bear Mountain — Palisades Interstate Park
Palisades Interstate Park Has Been Designated A Registered National Historic Landmark Under the Provisions of The Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 This Site Possesses Exceptional Value In Commemorating and Illustrating The . . . — Map (db m37133) HM
New York (Rockland County), Bear Mountain — Perkins Tower
This drive and tower are dedicated by the Commissioners of the Palisades Interstate Park to the memory of George Walbridge Perkins Their first president 1900-1920 whose broad vision and tireless energy made possible the preservation of the . . . — Map (db m65286) HM
New York (Rockland County), Bear Mountain — Popolopen Creek Trail to Fort Montgomery
You are standing on the site of Fort Clinton, which was built along with Fort Montgomery to prevent British ships from sailing up the Hudson River during the Revolutionary War. On October 6, 1777, the British captured both forts and destroyed them . . . — Map (db m52724) HM
New York (Rockland County), Bear Mountain — Railroads
The CSX Railroad runs trains on the east coast from Maine to Florida & west to Chicago. It leases its tracks on the other side of the river to Amtrak for nationwide passenger service, as well as to Metro-North for commuters between Albany & NYC. You . . . — Map (db m54102) HM
New York (Rockland County), Bear Mountain — River Docks
. . . — Map (db m54108) HM
New York (Rockland County), Bear Mountain — Scenic Road
US Routes 6 & 202 cross the bridge and head south toward Peekskill. From a roadside overlook there’s a spectacular view looking back at Bear Mountain Park. — Map (db m54103) HM
New York (Rockland County), Bear Mountain — Stephen Tyng MatherJuly 4, 1887 - Jan. 22, 1930
He laid the foundation of the National Park Service, defining and establishing the policies under which its areas shall be developed and conserved unimpaired for future generations. There will never come an end to the good that he has done. — Map (db m47775) HM
New York (Rockland County), Bear Mountain — The British Attempt to Divide the Colonies during the War of Independence
In 1777, the British attempted to divide the colonies by gaining control of the Hudson Valley. This campaign ended with the first overwhelming defeat of the British army and a turning point for the American cause. General Burgoyne planned to . . . — Map (db m52698) HM
New York (Rockland County), Bear Mountain — 4 — The Historic 1777 & 1779 Trails
The Historic 1777 & 1779 Trails You are walking part of the 1777 historic trail that retraces as nearly as possible the routes taken by the British army during the Revolutionary War. The 1777 trail represents the route taken by British . . . — Map (db m47832) HM
New York (Rockland County), Bear Mountain — 2 — The Historic 1777 & 1779 Trails
The Historic 1777 & 1779 Trails You are walking part of the 1777 historic trail that retraces as nearly as possible the routes taken by the British army during the Revolutionary War. The 1777 trail represents the route taken by British . . . — Map (db m48074) HM
New York (Rockland County), Bear Mountain — The West Redoubt of Fort Clinton
The West Redoubt of Fort Clinton 1776 – 1777 ------- Defended with conspicuous bravery by a greatly outnumbered American Garrison under Brigadier General James Clinton ------- Captured by British Oct. 6, 1777 Destroyed Oct. 26, 1777 ------- . . . — Map (db m52684) HM
New York (Rockland County), Bear Mountain — Walt Whitman
Walt Whitman 1819 – 1892 To commemorate the gift in 1910 by Mary Wilson Harriman Making Possible The Bear Mountain-Harriman State Park Dedicated November 17, 1940   Jo Davidson, Sculptor [ Marker next to the Statue ] . . . — Map (db m47774) HM

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