At The Gateway Of The Catskills
by Ernest Ingersoll from May 1877 Harper's New
From the webmaster:
This is the story of the Esopus valley from
Shokan to Boiceville in the late 19th century; of the hard working,
self reliant people of the valley, unaffected by the rapidly changing
world not far away. The author writes of the old mill, pictured
above, and says "The history of this old mill thus suggests the
history of the whole region." He had no idea how right he would
turn out to be. On the site of the old mill, the
waters of the Esopus would be stopped for the construction
of the Ashokan reservoir. Forty years after the article was
written, the old covered bridge , the mill and the farms of the
valley would be gone, replaced by the reservoir and its sanitary
zone. Be sure to visit A
Town Called Olive for more history and a personal perspective on
this displaced community.
In particular, look at the 1890 map of Olive
with the Ashokan Reservoir overlayed for a clearer view of the
disruption of valley life caused by the reservoir construction.
A Perspective on New York City's Water Supply
Excellent website by Camilla Calhoun, whose
ancestors were uprooted by the reservoir construction.