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From "The Illustration Of The Catskill Mountains" (1881)
By H. Schile

 

The Old Toll-Gate

The Old Toll-Gate

Delaware County As Viewed From Summit

Delaware County As Viewed From Summit

Coming Down To Griffin's Corner

Coming Down To Griffin's Corner

Montgomery Hollow

Montgomery Hollow

Grand Gorge

Grand Gorge

Margaretville - on the East Branch of the Delaware

Margaretville - on the East Branch of the Delaware

The Old Toll-Gate

This picture shows the railway as making wonderful turnings downwards through the mountains until Griffin's Corner is reached. From the distance, the mountains of Delaware County are visible in their zig-zag formed line, from which they are recognizable. The point whence the picture is taken, is about half of a mile south-easterly from the summit, and whence a good prospect through the valley can be obtained. There is a roadway to Griffin's Corner; the railway is constantly high above it, towards the left. On the same pathway, we meet an ancient toll-gate which must be of great interest to a tourist. It may be of interest to them, also, to know that the good people in the little toll-gate house will willingly supply them with some excellent milk. To me, and to my daughter, this old toll-gate will remain a never to be forgotten place. While sitting above the house, taking sketches from Nature, a monstrous big bull seemed to address us in his powerful, thunder-like basso voice. Frightened from our quiet labor, we hastily rose and hurried to get out of reach of this unwelcome intruder. My horse then became unruly and we saw, to our horror, how the bull was just about to make an attempt to break over the fence. It was with the utmost difficulty that we made headway on the bellowing fellow, and reached the house, where we enjoyed the luxury of several glasses of excellent Milk, and thus slowly recovered from our fright..

Coming Down To Griffin's Corner

The picture shows the railway on the heights, making a turn around the mountain and slowly descending into the valley, before Griffin's Corner is reached. The rear is the valley viewed from the other hill, towards the height, whence a pathway leads up in the opposite direction to a farm-house, kept by one Hatfield, who always shelters a large number of boarders. It lies at the end point of the valley, though pretty high up Land thus an excellent view can be had from there of the high mountains of Greene County..

The Mountains Of Grand Gorge

As soon as these mountains come into view, the eye is riveted by their remarkable appearance. The nearer we approach them the narrower the ravine becomes. This is the most remarkable and interesting place in Delaware County. The mountain to the left is called Bald Mountain, and the one to the right is known as Irish Mountain. Cobble Mountain, which is in the center, is grand and sublime beyond description. It appears to be constructed in layers of mighty rocks. The pass between the two mountains is so extremely narrow that there is scarcely enough room for the railway cars since the wagon road and creek also run side by side here. The East Branch Delaware takes its source from this point. Just at the outlet of this gorge you reach the railway station. The railroad now turns to the left, and is followed for quite a distance by the layers of rocks before mentioned. About 17 miles further on, it takes a north-eastern course, and the footpath runs directly from the station into Moresville. The road to the left leads to Stamford. There are also the cross-roads to Gilboa, Windham, Prattsville, Ashland, and to Lexington, in Greene County.

 

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