Delaware & Hudson CanalEstablished in 1880, the New York, Ontario & Western Railway ran from Oswego, N.Y. on Lake Ontario to Weehawken, New Jersey, which is located across the Hudson River from New York City. On its way south, the O&W linked upstate towns and villages previously accessible only by horse and wagon. More significantly, it opened the scenic beauty of the Catskills, particularly Sullivan County, to people living in New York City, and helped develop a resort industry that still thrives. To attract tourists, the O&W stocked Catskill streams with trout and offered to transport construction materials free for anyone who would build a vacation cabin or resort hotel along the railroad route. These inducements worked so well that the rail line had to add many trains per day during summer months to accommodate all the people who wanted to visit the Catskills. At the turn of the last century, the O&W was a major shipper of milk from Catskill farms and coal from Pennsylvania fields to New York City markets, thus competing with the canal. Eventually the growth of the automobile and highway system, and the development of new heating fuels such as gas and oil greatly depleted the railroad's importance. In 1957, the O&W ceased operations, the first major American railroad to do so.
|Placed By||Delaware & Hudson Canal Linear Park|
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|Date Added||Sunday, November 24th, 2019 at 7:03pm PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 545706 N 4607661|
|Decimal Degrees||41.61936667, -74.45136667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 41° 37.162', W 74° 27.082'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||41° 37' 9.7199999999999" N, 74° 27' 4.92" W|
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