Phoenicia Railroad Station – A Photographic Study

January 28, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
The Phoenicia Railroad Station is located at the hamlet of Phoenicia in the town of Shandaken, Ulster County, New York. The station served the former Ulster and Delaware Railroad (UDRR). The Ulster and Delaware Railroad had its founding roots with the Rondout and Oswego Railroad, chartered in 1866 by Thomas Cornell “in order to p...
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St. Francis de Sales Church, Phoenicia – A History and Photographic Study

January 21, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
The Roman Catholic parish of Saint Francis de Sales in the Catskills hamlet of Phoenicia was founded in 1902. Upon its founding, Archbishop Michael A. Corrigan entrusted care of the church to the Missionary Fathers of La Salette, a religious order that was founded in honor of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at La Salette, France that took...
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Shandaken Eagle – A Photographic Study

January 14, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
The beautiful Shandaken Eagle statue sits on a grassy knoll near the Esopus Creek, marking the entrance to the Catskills hamlet of Phoenicia, New York. It is located at the junction of Route 28 and Route 214. The two-ton sculpture, with a wingspan of 13 feet, once stood atop one of the towers of Grand Central Depot at the intersection of...
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Big Indian, In the Catskills

January 07, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
The uniquely named hamlet of Big Indian is located within the town of Shandaken in Ulster County, New York. The hamlet is located along scenic Route 28 as the road makes its way through the Catskill Park. The historical marker at Big Indian Park provides the context behind the legendary naming of the hamlet. “The hamlet of Big Indian...
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Pine Hill Lake in the Catskills

December 31, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Pine Hill Lake, located at the base of Belleayre Mountain, offers plenty of summer time fun, with a white sand beach, lifeguard-supervised swimming, rowboat and kayak rentals, large picnic pavilions and much more. It was estimated in 2018 that over 21,000 people visited Pine Hill Lake for summer recreational purposes. The lake has a surfac...
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Spruce Creek in the Catskills

December 24, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Spruce Creek is a beautiful destination in the northern Catskills offering a wide range of photographic shooting opportunities. For the area, surely, Kaaterskill Falls gets most of the attention. Bastion Falls, located along Route 23A, used to get its fair bit of attention as well, but that is now in the past with the closing of the parking area th...
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Edwin Forrest Branning: New Photography Gallery

December 17, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Edwin Forrest Branning was a well-known merchant and citizen of the hamlet of Narrowsburg in Sullivan County, New York. He later moved to New York City. He was highly regarded as a businessman, eventually attaining great wealth through his general store, creamery, cigar manufacturing, wholesale, catalog, automobile, lumber and real estate dealings.
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Edwin Forrest Branning: Catskills Postcard Publisher

December 10, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Introduction Edwin Forrest Branning was a well-known merchant and citizen of the hamlet of Narrowsburg in Sullivan County, New York. He later moved to New York City. He was highly regarded as a businessman, eventually attaining great wealth through his general store, creamery, cigar manufacturing, wholesale, catalog, automobile, lumber and real...
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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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