King's Highway and the Long Clove

King's Highway and the Long Clove (HM1KYI)

Location: Congers, NY 10920 Rockland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 10.354', W 73° 56.778'

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Proclaimed by royal decree almost three centuries ago this onetime Indian trail wound its way northward through Long Clove to the Hudson River below. Kings Highway's original purpose was military as the English Crown feared invasion by the French and Indians. Then sides changed. During the Revolutionary War when the British fleet often controlled the Hudson, this pass through the South Mountain or Verdrietege Hook enabled the American military to transport troops and supplies to the strategic forts at Stony Point and West Point and Forts Clinton and Montgomery. General Washington frequently came this way when visiting the forts or crossing the Hudson at the Stony Point Kings Ferry to communicate with the New England colonies. By the 19th century wagons, heavily loaded with enormous quantities of farm produce, wood, sandstone and granite, passed through the clove to the docks at Snedekers Landing (later Waldberg Landing) and Haverstraw where ships vied to carry the cargo to the New York markets. In the 1800s the fledgling Jersey City and Albany Railroad Company (later the N. Y. Central and West Shore R. R.) decided to extend their tracks from Congers to Haverstraw and the north. Prior to tunneling under the mountain the temporary rail line was constructed through the pass. From this point it then descended more than 100 feet to the riverfront by a series of three switchbacks, each almost a mile long.

Town of Clarktown 1997
Placed ByThe Historical Society of Rockland County
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Date Added Saturday, June 6th, 2015 at 2:05pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 588386 N 4558448
Decimal Degrees41.17256667, -73.94630000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 10.354', W 73° 56.778'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 10' 21.24" N, 73° 56' 46.68" W
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Area Code(s)845
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 304 Old Haverstraw Rd, Congers NY 10920, US
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