Kaaterskill Clove, Springtime

December 03, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Kaaterskill Clove is a deep gorge that cuts through the northern Catskills Mountains, with the village of Palenville located at the base of the Clove and the village of Haines Falls located at its head. The clove is formed by Kaaterskill and Lake Creeks, with the gorge cutting as deep as 2,500 feet in places. South Mountain forms the north w...
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Transient: A Peekamoose Valley Waterfall

November 26, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
The Peekamoose Valley is a beautiful destination complete with river scenery, fishing spots, swimming holes, waterfalls and a popular state campground. The scenic drive along Route 42 begins at the hamlet of West Shokan, runs along the Bush Kill and through Watson Hollow, becomes Peekamoose Road (formerly known as Gulf Road), passes Peekamoose Lake...
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Samuel E. Rusk – New Photography Gallery

November 19, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Samuel Rusk (1851-1930) is closely associated with the history of the northern Catskills. He was the grandson of Aaron Haines (1802-1883), who owned the first deed of land in the Haines Falls area and operated a popular boarding house. Throughout his career Rusk had a wide variety of jobs including surveyor, professor, principal, inventor, hotel...
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John Jacob Loeffler’s Stereoviews of the Catskills

November 12, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
John Jacob Loeffler is one of the great Catskills photographers of all time. He made hundreds of stereoviews of the Catskills throughout the 1870s and 1880s. The photographs, part of the series titled Catskill Mountain Scenery and Scenery of Lake Mohonk and Vicinity, demonstrate his skill and vision as well as the timeless beauty of the Catskills....
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E. & H. T. Anthony Stereoviews of the Catskills

November 05, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
The E. & H. T. Anthony company was the largest 19th-century manufacturer and distributor of cameras and photographic supplies in the United States. The company was founded by Edward Anthony (1818-1888) and his brother Henry T. Anthony (1814-1884). Regionally, the company produced many of the greatest Catskills views of the 19th century. The Catskil...
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Updated: The “Cats” in Cats-kills

October 29, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Having recently acquired 14 new postcards of “Cats” in the Catskills, I thought I would update a previous blog post published on January 9, 2021. Each of the new postcards are as interesting as those included in the original post. We find our lovable cats reading and selling newspapers, towing campers, going for a hike, flying a hot air balloon, an...
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Bob Wyer – Covered Bridges of the Catskills

October 22, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Bob Wyer is one of the most prolific photographers in the history of the Catskills. His photographic career included shooting just about everything, such as passport photos, chauffer licenses, hunting licenses, high school yearbooks, formal portraits, special occasions such as birthdays and weddings, young babies, local stores, hotels and businesse...
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George S. Young, Platte Clove Photographer – New Photographs

October 15, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
George S. Young was a talented photographer and boarding house owner in the rugged Platte Clove section of the northern Catskills. He and his family operated the popular Grand Canyon House and the Devil’s Kitchen tourist attraction for many years. See my blog post of July 3, 2021 for an interesting biography of George S. Young. I have recentl...
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Abandoned Trucks of the Northern Catskills

October 08, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
This group of abandoned trucks can be found alongside a busy county highway in the northern Catskills. I have driven past the trucks dozens of times, and even photographed them at times over the years. Although the trucks haven’t moved, it is still interesting to see how the scene can change. Different light, different times of day, different seaso...
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High Test: An Abandoned Gas Station

October 01, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Driving one day up to the Catskills I took some of the more local roads and highways, rather than the interstate. During the drive, always on the lookout, I came across this abandoned gas station known as “High Test.” Although it had clearly been out of business for a long time, it still retained an element of nostalgic charm, reminding you of bygo...
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Angel Falls and Sholam Falls – A Photographic Study

September 24, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Angel Falls and Sholam Falls are both amazing destinations located along Trout Creek, near the Rondout Reservoir. It’s a two-for-one destination with both falls located within close proximity of each other, with the separate “upper” falls, known as Sholam Falls, measuring approximately 40 feet, and the “lower” falls, known as Angel Falls, measuring...
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Ashley Falls – A Photographic Study

September 17, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Ashley Falls is a delightful three-tier waterfall located in the North-South Lake area of the northern Catskills. Ashley Creek, which originates from North Mountain, flows into North Lake, from which the waters of the lake continue its journey to Kaaterskill Falls, through Kaaterskill Clove and ultimately to the Hudson River. Ashley Falls...
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Tompkins Falls – A Photographic Study

September 10, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Tompkins Falls is a beautiful roadside water fall located in the Delaware Wild Forest section of the western Catskills. The falls, located on the Barkaboom Stream, are approximately 25 feet tall. Near the top of the falls are the remnants of old dam and mill site. The Barkaboom Stream, which rises between Barkaboom Mountain and Touchme...
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Otto Hillig – New Photographs

September 03, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Otto Hillig can be considered one of the great photographers in Catskills history. Arriving from Germany in the United States as a poor teenage immigrant he took on a series of odd jobs before developing a prosperous photography business at his adopted hometown in the village of Liberty in Sullivan County, New York. He operated a well-regarded port...
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Louis E. Jones – New Photographs

August 27, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Louis E. Jones was a well-regarded photographer and painter closely associated with the Catskill Mountains and, later in his career, with the Great Smoky Mountains near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I have recently acquired a number of new Catskills photographs by Louis E. Jones. They have all been added to the Jones gallery, which now contains 24 of h...
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