About four weeks ago, in one of our last ventures before the Corvid-19 Pandemic, we visited the little town of Piermont, New York …on the Hudson River, and explored its 182 year old rock and earthen pier, which by 1851 served as a loading and unloading track bed for Erie Railroad trains picking up steamboat passengers from Lower Manhattan, twenty-five miles to the South. On the then longest rail line in the world, vacationers would travel 450 miles (724 km) to Dunkirk, NY and the shores of Lake Erie. Some hundred years later, long after the excursions were outmoded, tens of thousands of WW II troops would depart from this same mile long pier to ferries, and transfer onto troop ships in NY Harbor. Sadly, thousands would literally leave their last footsteps on U.S. soil right here. A monument nearby is solemnly named “Last Stop, USA.”
Thanks for viewing. Zoom in for a closer look.
And a special note: BE WELL, …and please use best judgement practices as we “navigate” through these un-precedented difficult times. M
I’d like to thank the Piermont Historical Society for their added information concerning this topic, and Wikipedia. I am a proud contributer/donator to both sources.
8 thoughts on “The Piermont Pier”
A sense of history and some nice shots – and of course, everyone loves a lighthouse!
I love lighthouses.
Love the lighthouse with the church in the background!
Thanks. I’ve been wanting to do something with that image for years, as it was taken about 1999 or so. We were doing our biannual boat move from Haverstraw Marina, on the Hudson, to Barnegat Bay, about 100 miles south. M 🙂
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I had missed this post . . . the last photo is small (no link to larger photo).
Yeah, that was taken 6/28/2000, pre digital, film days, and scanned later at 125 KB. I was pleased it come out pretty well with a little help from Lightroom.
OPPS, Some wrong info here, EJ! The Lighthouse image was on 6/28/2000, but with an Olympus Camedia, C-2100 Ultra Zoom 2.1 MP Digital Camera. (actually at 1.6 MP) I was on my way to a marina on the Hudson, opposite Manhattan, (from Haverstraw, 25 Miles north) and my wife and I would be making the ~100 mi. trip to the Jersey shore the next day – for the season. Good times! M 🙂