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Yesterday, I also visited The Portal

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For a Google Maps Roadside View, click here


Deep Water: Building the Catskill Water System – The definitive film history of the Catskill water system – the Ashokan and Schoharie Reservoirs and the Catskill Aqueduct. Woodstock Film Festival selection hailed as a gem. An award winning production.  Available after 10/23/10:  The Catskill Mountain House and the World Around.

We were at the Full Moon Inn for a wedding and stayed overnight in “Des Alpes” at the Alpine Inn nearby. We also visited the Timber Lake Camp, Shandaken, NY where I had worked “the summer of love” 1968, washing dishes. It was once Camp Allegro in the 1940s. I have walked from there to Phoenicia, NY and back for a pair of sunglasses. Back then we also hiked to the top of North Dome on the left in the “saddle” in Greene County, now part of Westkill Mountain Wilderness Area (West Kill Mtn. on the right) NY State land, limited access from the other side. There be bears! The valley, Mink Hollow, perhaps should have been called Raccoons Hollow or Porcupine Holler. This is the “new lake” or Lower Lake.

Timber Lake Camp near entrance

Recent geology sleuthing, a new cosmic site nearby: Panther Mountain meteorite impact siteWikimapia


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10/19/2010 at 3:23 pm

Poll: Should individuals have property rights on the moon?

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Chang’e 2 is on its way to the Moon, a success launched by China. It will fly as low as 15km mapping the Moon for a future landing. If and when humans actually process natural resources there, an international “federation” should be set-up to oversee unintended consequences. For example, “moonmarks” of previous efforts by other nations should be respected, the landing sites covered under treaty, and the possible failures also protected as “peace graves” or other criteria. Also any trade in artifacts from the Moon should be well-regulated, on an international register, perhaps, or the artifacts will be considered outlawed and subject to seizure by Interpol. The United Nations would take an active role, and we could stand there, at the Russian sculpture made from a disassembled ICBM, and dream to visit our Earth’s companion and fellow travelers in our Solar System.

Polldaddy Are they thinking what you’re thinking?

NASA Embraces Commercial Lunar Explorers and Becomes Customer of Google Lunar X PRIZE Competitor

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10/15/2010 at 10:27 pm

Historic American technology: Swamp Angels

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A couple of markers in Cold Spring, NY shown in 3D from the work I was hired to do there with a number of archaeologists, headed by Joel Grossman, PhD who also formerly wrote for the Encyclopaedia Britannica yearbook, the section on the notable archaeology research in the “Western Hemisphere” reported per annum.

New data:

A Bing view, looking east from the West Point Military Academy across the Hudson River is here at Cold Spring, NY and Constitution Island. Note: interactive in Microsoft’s Bing Maps. May not be supported on all machines.

Below, another view, from Google Earth: (similar Google Maps link):


Below: Early 20th c. map of 19th c. foundry from Google “Historic Topos


Below: a USGS ca. 1950 (West Point) shows a building at end of the rail pier


Bing Map User Contribution: Historic American technology

Cold Spring, NY: West Point Foundry

1 West Point Foundry Cove

West Point Foundry Cove marsh was remediated (cleaned and restored) by the EPA and private industry as a National Priority Superfund Site (Marathon Battery) in the 1990s. The factory had released cadmium and nickel into the environment in the production of batteries for NIKE missiles, it was reported. The historic West Point Foundry was in the small valley to the north and east.

2 West Point Foundry dock remains

This is the approximate end of a large dock which had two railroads tracks on it that cross-looped (“frogs”) at its end near the marker. Was it used to load and unload ordnance that was not shipped on the mainline? There is a map in the Foundry School Museum nearby. While working there for the EPA, we witnessed its apparent demise, by fire, when a reported waterspout that winter temporarily lowered the Hudson River, exposing the tops of burned pilings all the way out to the marker, which is placed based on map and the visual emergence anomaly seen in these photos. Nearby land-filled peninsula is not the remains of the historic rail-head but a more modern one, for the Chicago Bridge and Steel Co., which ended around the end of 1912.

Bing Map showing “2”. Could it use a buoy or a light? Like Lake Mendota Buoy – GAMIS?


Below: The West Point Foundry Preserve – map of trail and historic foundry remains


Scenic Hudson, Inc. from Rutsch report and Michigan Technological U. industrial archeology field-schools.

Industrial archeologist Edward Rutsch’s, et al., report described the site as a “sea of bricks”. I think it  resulted in part, from the large chlorine fire, (“pool supplies” pers. comm. ca. 1991, Malcolm Pirnie, Inc., employee) on the concrete pad nearer the marsh, (appears on various aerials and on the map here) and, as I recall, involved hundreds of firefighters for over 24 hours in the 1970s. Source: newspaper clippings file in the Foundry School Museum which don’t state the cause. The burnt “Bridge Shop” is also shown there, ca. 1913.

Initial map of  West Point Foundry Cove

EPA “Marathon Battery” National Priority Superfund Site Cold Spring, NY


“Bridge Shop” and rail yard for structural steel, Chicago Bridge & Steel Co. until ca. 1912.

Grossman and Associates, aiding remediation designers Malcolm Pirnie, Inc.

What was recovered from the archaeology of Foundry Cove, along with other features connected with the “iron age”, was the wooden platform and gun carriage pintle as depicted in the document photo below: the so-called “Swamp Angel” after it exploded bombarding Charleston in 1863. The State of South Carolina has yet to find any remains of the man-made island in the swamp but a marker is where it probably was.


Morris Island (vicinity), South Carolina. The “Marsh Battery” or “Swamp Angel” after the explosion, August 22, 1863 – Library of Congress link.

A simple search brings other “swamp angel” photos some have nothing whatever to do with it, i.e., a “Swamp Angel Bulletin” which shows the beginning of advertisement on the outside of buildings “Store on corner of city block is completely covered with advertisements” others appear wrong. Compare, however, the plaque on the public display:

The “Swamp Angel”: Cadwallader Park, Trenton, New Jersey

and the Wikipedia entry on the Parrott rifle (“Swamp Angel” section) and you will see there seems to be a disagreement on the facts of that event in 1863 in the number of shells before the gun became inoperable. It also explains that it was the “First” so the Library of Congress photos are of other(s) that followed.

Comment on C-4 found in the NY Marble Vault Cemetery

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The two marble vault cemeteries were the first non-denominational cemeteries in the city. The one on 2nd St. near the corner of 2nd Ave. is across from the former courthouse that is the Anthology Film center an exhibit space supported by the media and others. Before the courthouse it was a Methodist church. A burial was encountered in courthouse construction and a special session of the NY State legislature was held and it was decided Dept. of Education would have jurisdiction over the remains. The records of the session were lost in a fire in the state capital legislature library.

President Monroe was buried in the marble vault, but before the Civil War transported to the Hollywood Cemetery in Virginia. There’s a report that day, though he and other might have protested the move, the city stopped to show its respects for the former President procession. Eric Erickson, famous Swedish inventor, inventor of the propeller, the USS Monitor, a “stirling engine” and other things was removed back to Sweden. Other famous persons are/were in it.

The other one is on 6th street I thought. I had been involved in the research as a “satellite” burial ground for the Methodist cemetery was across Second Ave. It was moved as well as the Quaker Cemetery on nearby Houston St. near the corner of 2nd Ave. in the 19th century. The Quaker one became Prospect Park in Brooklyn.  – in  Huffington Post

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10/12/2010 at 3:13 pm

Welcome to the candidates debate…

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I read recently that the once polluted Chicago River actually flows to the lake at the very bottom and down the canal created for it to the Mississippi River. Invasive species have become more of a problem, even brought to the Supreme Court I thought I read. The St. Lawrence Seaway was opened by then President Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth, recreated in Walter Cronkite’s excellent report on its construction I saw in the visitor’s center, and was constructed mostly to aid Chicago commerce. I would propose that a port be built on the New York/Canada border, there are none, where historically there had been rail-ports, and shipping there cleared of invasive species. I would hope a Senator from Illinois might propose such a project, though the Seaway Commission is administered by appointees of the sitting President. Maybe we could ask the candidates if they would?

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10/09/2010 at 7:05 pm

Newfield H.S. 1960-2010 alma mater turns 50

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Class Story: Wow, we had a Marine Corps JROTC. I wrote away to find out where, during this Selective Service Draft, a new "volunteer" service, they were. One in Connecticut, the US Army, two on the West Coast, the US Navy and the US Air Force. Later in the 90s, there were 20,000 JROTC in mostly poor high schools in the U.S. Cost: $1 billion a year. (Source: Defense Monitor)

I would also later find out Selden, NY is named after the former judge and lawyer who was a "character witness" (a judicial no-no) for Susan B. Anthony when she was tried for posing as a man to vote Upstate. Is Newfield named after the historian who chronicled the over 3,000 Loyalists who left Long Island for St. John, New Brunswick rather than fight their neighbors in the American Revolution? I would not be surprised.

Comments: I’ve worked in public archaeology starting after a field-school in "Long Island Archaeology" in Mount Sinai Harbor, NY in 1977, taught by R. M. Gramly, PhD. Harvard U., Sherene Baugher, PhD., Stony Brook U. who became NYC’s first Landmarks Preservation Archaeologist, and Margaret Gwynne, PhD., Stony Brook University faculty, her husband a former F-14 test pilot. I worked for the Dept. of Interior, on national historic sites and then for various "consultants" in the field around NYC, NJ and CT. I was in the PhD. program at Stony Brook in the early 1980s but took a practical tack on the issues, as the field and opportunity changed. I was a substitute and cleaner in Middle Country. I worked at weekend Gym Security and a Cleaner at Stony Brook University.

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10/09/2010 at 4:06 pm

Around the World in 80 Days – Zero Emissions

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The Zerotracer in Vienna, Day 28. on Twitpic

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10/09/2010 at 3:21 pm

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