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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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Tahawus (Adirondak)

Posted by Stu On August - 21 - 2006

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Tahawus, also known as Adirondak, has long been a goal of mine.  It was about a 6 hour drive to get from my house to the campsite and about another hour to reach Tahawus. Saying the town is in the middle of nowhere is an understatement. I’m not complaining though; the place has remained untouched by vandals.
I was happy to finally see a ghost town with buildings still standing. The ones in the Pines are nice, but after a whlie, foundations and the occasional bit of wall get dull.

Originally an iron mining town, Tahawus has long been abandoned. The first thing we came across was a huge blast furnace – the largest I’ve ever seen. In the nearby woods we found remnants of mining equipment.


Looking up from inside the blast furnace.


Found this big ol’ rusty thing not far from the furnace.

The town is a bit up the road from the furnace site. While many buildings are just on the side of the road, some are back in the woods and are nearly inaccessible.
An elongated lake sits next the town, and there are buildings on both sides of it. There is also no longer a bridge; we walked across the water.
Also, none of these structures are safe to enter. Some are collapsing, while others have rotten floors.


One of the harder to reach houses.


Where the bridge used to be.

Oh, and whoever left their hiking stick against the board, I took it. Sorry. You should be more careful with your things.

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Hoffman Cemetery

Posted by Stu On August - 21 - 2006

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This was an unexpected yet pleasant addition to our daytrip to the Adirondacks. This cemetery seems just about forgotten; some stones are starting to be reclaimed by the woods. Many of the graves are of Civil War veterans. The graves are guarded by a few large and ominous looking trees.
It’s about a half mile hike from the road to the cemetery. Part of the “trail” is actually a stream bed. We came across the ruins of a stone bridge which has had a replacement wooden bridge built over it; that one is falling apart as well.

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Blauvelt Nike Base

Posted by Stu On November - 21 - 2005

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We briefly visited this Nike Base before heading to Tweed. The missile base itself is still active; this part, which has been turned into a park, was where all the radar stuff was. There were more buildings here, including housing, but they’ve been demolished. Two caretakers currently live in one of the remaining buildings.

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Tweed Tunnels

Posted by Stu On November - 21 - 2005

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Decent amount of pics; go get a snack.

Tweed was a shooting range during WWI; the tunnels were there to transport troops underneath the range to prevent anyone from accidentally being shot. The soldiers there may not have had to worry about friendly fire, but houses nearby were being hit by soldiers aiming too high. Because of this, Tweed was abandoned.
There’s more to Tweed than the main tunnel. We visited the former dwelling of a homeless guy named Jerry as well as a little-known place called “The Hole”.

Arriving at the tunnel was interesting; a wall for as far as I could see ran from the tunnel entrance through the woods. It almost looked like a mini Berlin wall with all the stuff painted on it.

Much of the tunnel is above ground. There are small slots in the sides that provide a small amount of daylight. We arrived at dusk though, as was planned, so these windows were next to useless.


The tunnel entrance.

We saw quite a few critters while in the tunnel:


Big ol’ spiders…


Big ol’ tunnel crickets…


A bat…


Some more crickets…
we also stumbled upon a mouse and a possum on the way back.


This is pretty much the view while walking through the tunnel.


“Jerry’s”

A homeless man named Jerry used to live at Tweed. Following the walls are several one room buildings, and he picked one a good distance from the trail as his dwelling. Eventually punk kids did what they tend to do; they trashed the place. He hasn’t been back since.


YTMND fans will get a kick out of this.


“The Hole”

No idea why this is called “The Hole”. Seriously. You almost have to crawl in this section, which is completely underground. Down here you can find what is known as “The Grave”. It’s not really a grave but just a elongated puddle that looks like it has no bottom.


The Hole from above…


…and below.


The Grave.

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Pratt Rock

Posted by Stu On May - 20 - 2005

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Pratt Rock was to have been the tomb for Zadock Pratt, who was a very wealthy tanner and congressman. Many things are carved into the rock, including his face, a horse, names of his children, and his birth date. There is a small doorway where the tomb was to have been, but the whole plan was ultimately cancelled because rain water leaked into the opening. Pratt Rock still stands, never completed. To further add uniqueness to the place, there is a grave for some of Mr. Pratt’s favorite dogs and horses at the base of the hill.


An old stone wall runs up the hill.

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