For many years Frank Almquist has flyfished the Esopus Creek as well as collected area postcards. In antique shops he found cards of the Ashokan Reservoir area, the towns that were displaced, then construction postcards. The bug hit, learn more about how the reservoir was built. This talk will use postcard images and other materials to give the story of the Olive Bridge dam construction, the two basins as well as some info on the Catskill aqueduct. Images of some of the towns inundated by the water storage will be shown. In the early 1900s, the Ashokan Dam was the largest construction project on the planet. There are many stories to tell of the basin and the history. How the dam was built, and aqueduct construction, is just one. Free admission.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: West Hurley Firehouse
No Registration Required
Call 845-679-6405 for Details
The O&W Railway ran through the heart of Ulster County from its border with Sullivan County up the Rondout and Esopus valleys to Kingston. Many of us now walk or cycle along the rail trail that was the bed of this 1902 branch of the New York, Ontario and Western Railway. While she was creating an exhibit on this O&W Kingston Branch, Gail Whistance collected stories and “then & now” photographs of each station along the route as it went through our county. Ms. Whistance will present what she has learned about the stations which for a time were the lifeblood of their respective communities. The stories were obtained from oral interviews, the O&W archives in Middletown, and contemporaneous newspaper reports. Take a trip on the O&W between Spring Glen and Kingston, and stop at the 11 stations along the way!