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Sugarloaf Massacre Monument & Grave

Posted by Stu On January - 27 - 2009

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Found along Walnut Avenue in Conyngham is a small, seemingly overlooked Revolution-era monument. Near this site on September 11, 1780, Captain Daniel Klader and his men were ambushed and slaughtered by a group of Tories and Seneca. Chief Roland Montour was also among the mob.
That Montour name sound familiar? It should. Just 2 years earlier, his sister-in-law started a massacre of her own.

So the monument itself is pretty boring, you probably think. I, to an extent, agree. Good thing there’s more.

There is a very small trail behind the marker leading into the woods. The trail goes perilously close to a house and I was initially hesitant to follow it. Good thing I did, because at its end is Danny.

The rest of his men are supposed to be buried nearby. This was the only stone I saw though.

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Tri-States Monument

Posted by Stu On November - 27 - 2008

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Although technically in 3 states, I’m gonna file this one under New York for 2 reasons. Nearly half the marker is in NY, so percentage-wise, NY wins. Also, you pretty much have to go through NY to get to the marker.
So there.

Underneath the bridge on Route 84 between PA & NY, it’s possible to stand in those states, along with New Jersey, at once. This is one of several tri-state points in the country. To get to this one, you have to drive through a cemetery in New York (unless you have a boat or feel like swimming in the Delaware).

Right next to the road is a marker for the NJ/NY border. The tri-state marker is past it a bit, down closer to the river. For whatever reason, this marker had a bunch of melted candles at its base and is pretty badly trashed, while the tri-state one is relatively untouched.

The tri-state monument is much smaller and has the 3 states’ borders on its top. Stand on it and you’re in all 3! Amaze your friends!

You’re the man now, dog!

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High Point

Posted by Stu On November - 27 - 2008

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Not really a whole lot to say about this one. This is the highest point in New Jersey, and to celebrate this fact, they built a large phallus on it. High Point is 1,803 feet above sea level, and the tower is an additional 220 feet. Unfortunately, the tower was closed the day we visited.

I actually attempted to visit this place quite a number of years ago. As we pulled up, the rangers closed the park right in front of us because a thunderstorm was rolling in.

Quite possibly one of the most strangely worded gift shop signs I’ve ever seen:

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Queen Esther’s Rock

Posted by Stu On June - 27 - 2008

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Interesting bit of Revolution history here that I never saw in any text book. And, just like the Matlack Grave, it’s wedged in between 2 houses. Too bad there’s grating over the rock; from what I hear, it’s there to stop people from chipping away at it.

On July 3, 1778, just after the Battle of Wyoming, Queen Esther Montour reportedly smashed the heads of about a dozen US soldiers on this rock. “Queen” Esther was most likely not a queen; Native Americans generally didn’t have such a hierarchy. Chances are good Esther was not full-blooded Indian anyway; it’s suggested she was half.

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Champ’s Monument

Posted by Stu On November - 27 - 2007

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I am fully aware that this is a very, very dumb addition to the site.
And I don’t care.

When I was little, I read nothing but ghost and cryptozoology books. One monster I was particularly fond of was Champ, Lake Champlain’s monster, the US version of Nessie. Once I found out there was actually a monument for him/her/it, and that it was just a few towns up from the Shelburne Museum, I had to go.
Sadly, it’s barely a monument. It’s very small and right on the ground. I actually couldn’t find it at first because from the car I was looking for an actual monument-looking thing, not something slightly bigger than a headstone.

Small print reads (continuing the Dedicated to Champ line at top):

” And Those People in Vermont
Who Have Sighted Champ
And Are in Search of Champ”

Really nothing else to say, other than it was my first time seeing Lake Champlain. It had just finished raining, so it was pretty dark on the water.

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Hindenburg Crash Monument

Posted by Stu On September - 26 - 2007

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I would like to thank the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, especially Larry Lyford, for granting me access to the monument.

Many people know what the Hindenburg is, but not many are aware the disaster occurred right in Lakehurst. On May 6, 1937, the Hindenburg, an 804 foot long zeppelin, burst into flames and came crashing down to the ground. Many of the passengers and crew died. The cause is still debated, but somehow the hydrogen-filled airship caught and in about half a minute was destroyed.

Today, there is a small blimp-shaped monument with a plaque in its center. The memorial is where the Hindenburg touched down that day. A good distance behind it is a huge hangar that housed the Hindenburg twice.

I first saw the Hindenburg crash site in 1992 when I was at an air show that the base used to hold annually. I went in the hangar too. Today, the field where the air show used to be held is overgrown.

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