Henry S. Fifield – The Flume Photographer (Part 1)

August 07, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Henry S. Fifield – The Flume Photographer (Part 1) Introduction Henry S. Fifield was a well-known photographer most associated with his work at The Flume in the White Mountains of New Hampshire during the 1860s and 1870s. In addition, he also photographed and published a number of quality views from throughout the northern Catskills. H....
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The Legend of Add Condon: The Halcott Directory

July 31, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Richard Lionel De Lisser is one of the greatest photographers in Catskills history. He authored two photographic surveys of the Catskills, one of Greene County and one of Ulster County. Combined they contain over 1,800 photographs, which when combined with the author’s writings, highlighted his rambles in search of the picturesque. Part travelogue,...
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Lake Minnewaska: A Study

July 24, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
The pristine, beautiful Lake Minnewaska is located high upon the Shawangunk Ridge at the Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Once known as Coxing Pond, the 36-acre lake was created during the last ice age by glacial movements that carved small basins in the bedrock. The lake is a ½ mile long and reaches depths up to 72 feet. Recreational activities abo...
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Hell Hole Falls: A Study

July 17, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Hell Hole Falls is a scenic waterfall located within the dramatic Plattekill Clove of the northern Catskills. The falls are located on Hell Hole Creek which forms on the southeast ridge of Kaaterskill High Peak and flows into the Plattekill Creek for its run to the Hudson River. The devilishly named waterfall begins benignly enough with a series of...
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Lexington House

July 10, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
The historic Lexington House is pleasantly located on the banks of the Schoharie Creek in the small hamlet of Lexington in Greene County. The 3-story Lexington House was constructed by Jerome Campbell, a master carpenter, in 1883 and opened to the public on July 4th of that year. It had 30 rooms that accommodated 50 to 60 guests. The hotel was firs...
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George S. Young – Photographer of Platte Clove and the Devil’s Kitchen

July 03, 2021  •  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. Indian Head from back of Grand Canyon House, Platte Clove, N.Y. Author's Collection. +++++++++++...
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Old Mill Falls, Platte Clove

June 26, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Old Mill Falls is a charming 15-foot waterfall located on the Plattekill Creek just upstream from the top of Plattekill Falls. The stone wall remnants of an old mill, thus the name of the falls, are located on both sides of the creek just below the falls. The Long Path crosses the Plattekill Creek just upstream from Old Mill Falls as the 358-mil...
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Otto Hillig – New Photographs

June 19, 2021  •  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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Three Rare Stereoviews from the E. & H. T. Anthony Company

June 12, 2021  •  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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Burton Hine – Civil War Veteran and Photographer

June 05, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Burton Hine (1842-1905) was a popular photographer during the late 1860s and 1870s in Delaware County, New York. He served honorably during the Civil War with the 89 th Regiment of the New York Volunteer Infantry. After leaving the photography business Burton became a sheriff and farmer. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++...
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On the Road Again: Ultimate Road Trip # 9

May 29, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
The latest iteration of the Ultimate Road Trip music mix series was made live in the fall of 2020. In October of that year, I took a fantastic 4-day weekend to the Catskills, lodging in the Tannersville area. The autumn colors that season were the best that they had been in many years. Coupled with near perfect weather, I had an extremely productiv...
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Pratt Rock: A Study

May 22, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
The 20-acre Pratt Rock Park is located just south of the village of Prattsville in Greene County, New York. The park is perhaps best known for the stone carvings depicting the life of Zadock Pratt, a local 19th century tannery owner and founder of Prattsville. Carvings include a bust of Zadock Pratt, a bust of George Pratt (Zadock’s son), a horse,...
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Mountain Echoes Through the Catskills

May 15, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Mountain Echoes Through the Catskills is a beautiful pictorial depiction of the Catskills region. It contains 12 different color illustrations from throughout the northern Catskills in and around the former Catskill Mountain House. Illustrations included within Mountain Echoes Through the Catskills show locations such as Leeds Bridge, Sleepy...
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Lorenzo Short – Rondout’s “Boss” Photographer (Part 2)

May 08, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Introduction Lorenzo Short operated one of the longest running photographic studios in the history of Kingston, New York. Short began his career as a farmer, but upon switching careers around 1873, he opened his studio in the Rondout section of the Kingston. He operated the studio until his passing in 1928, and it was afterwards managed by his d...
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Lorenzo Short – Rondout’s “Boss” Photographer (Part 1)

May 01, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Introduction Lorenzo Short operated one of the longest running photographic studios in the history of Kingston, New York. Short began his career as a farmer, but upon switching careers around 1873, he opened his studio in the Rondout section of the Kingston. He operated the studio until his passing in 1928, and it was afterwards managed by his d...
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