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Well here we are in Chateaugay, New York.

 

Chateaugay Main Street Photo

 

Canals, railroads and steamers were required to get here.

Thank god for gravity railroads and Roebling’s canal viaduct and a steamer ride up Lake Champlain followed by a buckboard ride to the interior of New York.

Not that civilization was absent from the area; there was simply no call for it until city folk saw the beauty of the area.

Lets see what Bogdan had in his folder – - – you know – - – the folder full of periodical articles. That folder is what caused him and Jim McFee and me to come here.

There is a big gorge that must be crossed if you are going east to west. It is my understanding that Old Man Jenkins made a fortune selling land for the bridge to be built.

 

Chateaugay Bridge by starch factory

 

Visitors from the city were driven to write stories about the area.

(No – - – this is not “the” Jane Austen)

 

Chateaugay Jane Austen writtings

 

This is the Chateaugay Gorge that must be crossed by the new bridge!

It is a Gorge-eous place but I pity the fellows who have to build the bridge.

 

Chateaugay Chasm

 

There is a lot of history here.

However the following story has been told in different ways by different people.

 

Chateaugay Harpers General Browns House

 

That’s all folks. Spring is almost here and I am going fishing in one of my favorite spots. I hope the ice is gone by then.

 

 

See you back in Scranton.

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As I Wander Introduction 2

©W. Tomosky
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