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Old Jan 9, 2012, 9:59 AM   #1
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Default Neversink Valley Museum, NY

In the early 1800s, a Philadelphia businessman ventured into the uninhabited woods of Pennsylvania ostensibly to find anything that would make him strike it rich. He found black rocks that turned out to be anthracite, an energy resource that because of its rich quality cost two to three times as much as regular coal. To cash in on the find, however, he had to find a way of transporting it to New York City more than a hundred miles away.

Instead of transporting by land through mountainous terrain, he had a canal built where water flowed one hundred eight miles east to the Hudson River. The Hudson River was an already established route for trading with the Indians ever since the days of the lucrative fur trade in 1614. Anthracite was then floated on barges along the canal and then on the Hudson River to New York City. Because the canal ran through the Delaware River and ended at the Hudson River, it was named the Delaware and Hudson Canal or D&H.

Canals were an efficient mode of transporting goods back then, before railroads of the Industrial Age came and made them antiquated and obsolete.

Today, although most of the D&H Canal has dried up, portions are still wet and some towns maintain parks beside them. In the hamlet of Cuddebackville in New York State, the canalís aqueduct abutments still stand on opposing banks of Neversink River. A museum there, the Neversink Valley Museum, has some exhibits relating to the canal.

In the early days after the discovery of the New World, settlers came from the Old World wheeling-and-dealing for opportunities that were simply not available to them from whence they came. That is still true today as yours truly--and so do every Tom-Dick-and-Harry immigrating to the United States not just from the Old World but from all over the world--to some extent still does.

Following are photos I took of the museum buildings and abutments. I used DPHDR and Topaz Adjust primarily and when all looked well and good (at least to me) I applied B&W Effects' Generous Diffusion preset.

#1) Neversink Valley Museum.

#2) Museum grounds.

#3) Neversink Valley Museum runs the Adopt-A-Frog Program to raise funds. The green frog statue in this photo is made of stones from the region and is by a local artist. Each frog being sold at the museum has a name. More info can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGUpjqLDts0

#4) Abutment, east bank.

#5) Abutment, west bank, and Neversink River.

#6) Not really part of the museum but a curious relic along Hoag Road that rounds the Neversink Valley Museum.

Thank you for looking. C&C welcome.
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