The Long Brown Path New York Post, March 27, 1934




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Helderhills Leanto-Mt. Pleasant

Forty miles; Berne, Amsterdam, Broadalbin, Saratoga maps.




Helderberg Leanto-Christmans .

.50




Christmans-Duane Lake ……….

1.00

1.50

Duane Lake-North House ……..

.25

1.75

North House-Western Turnpike .

1.25

3.00

Western Turnpike-Mill Dam …..

1.00

4.00

Mill Dam-Princetown ………….

1.25

5.25

Princetown-Putnam Hill ……….

3.25

8.50

* Putnam Hill-Plotterkill ………

1.75

10.25

Plotterkill-Two Falls …………..

.75

11.00

Two Falls-Crawford Road ……..

1.50

12.50

Crawford Road-Yantaputchberg

.50

13.00

Yantaputchberg-Woestina School ………………………….

1.50

14.50


Woestina School-Mohawk River

1.50

16.00

Mohawk River-Verf Kill ………

1.00

17.00

Verf Kill-Touareuna Hill ………

1.00

18.00

Touareuna Hill-Van Epps Brook

1.00

19.00

* Van Epps Brook-Wolf Hollow, Johny’s Spring …………………

.50

19.50


Wolf Hollow-Glenville Road ….

1.25

20.75

Glenville Road-Crystal Fields …

1.00

21.75

Crystal Fields-Dolomite Flat …..

1.75

23.50

Dolomite Flat-Kettle Hole ……..

1.25

24.75

Kettle Hole-Jersey Hill ………...

.50

25.25

* Jersey Hill-Governors Spring ..

.50

25.75

Governors Spring-Hill ………....

1.25

27.00

Hill-Galway ……………………

1.00

28.00

Galway-Glowegee Creek ……...

2.00

30.00

Glowegee Creek-State Road6 ….

2.00

32.00

* State Road-Hill Road ………..

1.25

33.25

Hill Road-East Galway Road ….

1.25

34.50

East Galway Road-Alder Creek .

1.00

35.50

Alder Creek-Frenchtown Road ..

1.50

37.00

* Frenchtown Road-Lake Desolation …………………………..

1.50

38.50


Lake Desolation-Mt. Pleasant …

1.50

40.00

* Campsite # Shelter


More of Mr. Schaefer’s compilation will be published later.
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New York Post, September 4, 1934
(Distance Tables 2)


By RAYMOND H. TORREY

The itinerary of the Long Path of New York, as compiled by Vincent J. Schaefer of Schenectady, N.Y., given last week from Bear Mountain to Mount Pleasant, in the region west of the Sacandaga Reservoir, is continued northward by Mr. Schaefer to the terminus at Lake Clear of Heart.

The mileage here begins at 100.00, figured from Gilboa Dam, and before that was forty-two miles from Bear Mountain to Shawangunk Kill and sixty miles from Shawangunk Kill to Gilboa Dam, in addition to approximately fifty miles from George Washington Bridge to Bear Mountain. Mr. Schaefer’s total, Bear Mountain to Lake Clear of Heart, is 355 miles, so that the entire route is over 400 miles. His mileages from Mount Pleasant follow:
Mount Pleasant-North Creek

Fifty-six miles; Saratoga, Broadalbin, Stony Creek, Thirteenth Lake, North Creek United States Geological Survey maps.




Mount Pleasant-Hans Creek …...

2.25

102.25

Hans Creek-Fox Hill …………..

3.00

105.25

Fox Hill-Batchellerville ……….

2.50

107.75

Batchellerville-Edinburg ………

1.50

109.25

* Edinburg-Beecher Creek ……

1.25

110.50

Beecher Creek-Tenantville Forks …………………………...

1.25

111.75


Tenantville Forks-County Line ..

0.25

112.00

County Line-Mason Hill ………

3.00

115.00

Mason Hill-Hope Falls ………...

1.25

116.25

Hope Falls-Brownell Camp ……

4.25

120.50

* Brownell Camp-Dayton Creek

3.00

123.50

Dayton Creek-Bakertown ……...

1.50

125.00

Bakertown-Wolf Point Trail …..

1.75

126.75

Wolf Point Trail-Wolf Point …..

3.00

129.75

Wolf Point- Madison Creek …...

1.75

131.50

Madison Creek-Round Pond Stream …………………………

3.75

135.25


* Round Pond St’m-Round Pond

1.25

136.50

Round Pond-Stony Point ………

1.00

137.50

Stony Point-Mud Pond ………...

.50

138.00

Mud Pond-Elliot Putnam’s …….

2.25

140.25

* Elliot Putnam’s-Singing Falls

2.25

142.50

Singing Falls-Wells Road ……..

3.75

146.25

* Wells Road-Cragorehol ……...

2.00

148.25

Cragorehol-Pughole …………...

1.00

149.25

Pughole-Gore Mountain ……….

2.25

151.50

Gore Mountain*-Little Peaked ...

1.25

152.75

Little Peaked-North Creek …….

3.50

156.25


North Creek-Panther Gorge

Thirty-seven miles; North Creek, Newcomb, Schroon Lake, Mount Marcy maps.




North Creek-Deer Creek …........

5.00

161.25

Deer Creek-Minerva …………...

4.75

166.00

Minerva*#-Minerva Lake ……..

.75

166.75

Minerva Lake-Minerva Stream ..

1.25

168.00

Minerva Stream-Bigsby Hill …..

3.75

171.75

* Bigsby Hill- Grass Pond ……..

3.00

174.75

Grass Pond-Cheney Pond ……

3.75

178.50

* Cheney Pond-Boreas River ….

.75

179.25

Boreas River-Blue Ridge Road ..

.25

179.50

Blue Ridge Road-Brace Dam ….

1.25

180.75

Brace Dam-Boreas Ponds ……..

3.25

184.00

Boreas Ponds-LeClaire Brook …

.75

184.75

LeClaire Brook-Snyder Brook ...

1.50

186.25

Snyder Brook-Liberty Brook ….

2.00

188.25

Liberty Brook-Upper Ausable L.

2.00

190.25

* Upper Ausable Lake-Panther Gorge …………………………..

3.50

193.75



Panther Gorge-Lake Clear of Heart

Twenty-three miles; Mount Marcy U.S.G.S. map and Trails to Marcy Conservation Department pamphlet.




Panther Gorge-Mount Haystack .

1.75

195.50

Mount Haystack-Little Haystack

.50

196.00

Little Haystack*-Snobird Camp .

.50

196.50

Snobird Camp-Basin Mountain ..

.50

197.00

Basin Mountain-Saddleback Mt.

1.00

198.00

Saddleback Mt.-Gothics Camp ..

.50

198.50

*# Gothics Camp-Gothics Mt. ...

.50

199.00

Gothics Mountain-Armstron Mt.

.75

199.75

Armstrong Mt-Upper Wolf Jaws

.75

200.50

Upper Wolf Jaws-Johns Brook Lodge …………………………..

2.00

202.50


Johns Brook Lodge-Bushnells Falls Camp …………………….

1.50

204.00


Bushnells Falls Camp-Plateau Camp …………………………..

2.75

206.75


Plateau Camp*-Mount Marcy ....

1.00

207.75

*# Mount Marcy-Four Corners Camp …………………………..

.75

208.50


Four Corners Camp*#-Veldspar Camp …………………………..

1.75

210.25


Veldspar Camp*#-Uphill Camp .

.75

211.00

Uphill Camp*#-Lake Colden ….

1.50

212.50

Lake Colden*#-Caribou Camp ..

1.00

213.50

Caribou Camp*#-Marcy Dam Camp …………………………..

3.25

216.75


Marcy Dam Camp-Lake Clear of Heart …………………………...

2.00

218.75



Summaries of Distances7

GWB-Bear Mountain …………… 50 miles

Bear Mountain-Shawangunk Kill …. 42 miles

Shawangunk Kill-Gilboa Dam ……. 97 miles

Gilboa Dam-Helderhills Leanto of

Mohawk Valley Hiking Club ……... 60 miles

Helderhills Leanto-Mt. Pleasant …... 40 miles

Mt. Pleasant-North Creek …………. 56 miles

North Creek-Panther Gorge ………. 38 miles

Panther Gorge-Lake Clear of Heart .. 25 miles


* Lean-to # Campsite
U.S.G.S. Maps Needed

The following topographic maps of the United States Geological Survey cover the route from Bear Mountain to Lake Clear of Heart: West Point, Schunemunk, Newburgh, Ellenville, Slide Mountain, Neversink (small portion), Phoenicia (small portion), Margaretville, Gilboa, Hobart (small portion), Schoharie, Berne, Amsterdam, Broadalbin, Saratoga, Siony Creek, Thirteenth Lake, North Creek (small portion), Newcomb (small portion), Schroon Lake, Mt. Marcy, total twenty-one maps.


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New York Post, Monday, June 10, 1935

The Long Brown Path


By RAYMOND H. TORREY

Reported “Indian rock carvings” in Northwestern Orange County, near Shawangunk Kill, in Bloomingburg, “discovered” a few years ago, and the subject of considerable interest in the county and elsewhere owing to newspaper publicity, prove, on statements of neighbors fully acquainted with the matter, and on examination of the figures, to be an amusing hoax, perpetrated by boys who copied them out of a Woodcraft League or a Boy Scout Manual.


Boys Chiseled the Figures

I had heard of these carvings from several sources, and had planned to inspect them at the first opportunity. W.W. Cady, who scouted the Long Path of New York in this region, heard about them from a farmer named Youngblood, who lives near them and apparently supposed they were ‘on the level.’ Cady wrote me about them. Report spread and others asked if I had seen them.

They were discovered two years ago by two hunters from Middletown who got a drink at a spring and saw the figures on the ledge nearby. They told the story when they returned home and a reporter on a Middletown newspaper wrote a two-column yarn, in which he speculated on their origin and meaning in a diverting fashion. They were even accepted by members of the Historical Society of Middletown and the Wallkill Precinct, who made a pilgrimage to the place last summer and were much impressed.

Was up in Orange County on May 25, conferring with members of local historical and patriotic societies about roadside historical markers supplied by the State Education Department. Mr. W.D. Coulter of the Middletown Historical Society, took me to see the “Indian rock carvings.”



The Story Comes Out

The location is in a wood lot on the east side of a dirt road running up the east side of Shawangunk Kill from Bloomingburg, on Route 17. Mr. Collins, the storekeeper in Bloomingburg, told us how to reach it. Mr. Youngblood was away and we tried the next house, home of Mr. Mead, which proved fortunate, for Mr. Mead knew the whole story. When we asked him about the “Indian rock carvings” he looked at us, it first, with a stare that implied we were slightly feeble-minded. Then he apparently concluded that we were rational and willing to believe the truth, and he said:

“Indian rock carvings, hell! They're a fake. Two of Harris's boys, who spent their summers eight years ago in their bungalow here on Shawangunk Hill, did them with a chisel. There’s been more fools in here looking at them than you could count. A lot of them get stuck in the mud when the road is wet and I have to haul them out.”

We thought we might as well see them, though our eagerness was considerably flattened, so Mr. Mead and his dog Nancy led us to the ledge. We could see the figures were never made by an Indian, even though we had not met Mr. Mead. In the first place, several of the figures were of tepees, with the poles sticking out the top, such as are used by the Western Plains Indians, made of buffalo skin. Eastern Indians did not use tepees, but built their semi-cylindrical huts of chestnut or elm bark, making the well-known “long houses” of several huts in a row. Another figure was a woman leading a dog, pulling a travois, of poles, which was common in the west, but never used by Eastern Indians. Other figures were birds, bears and something which appeared to represent a sunrise or sunset, with rays from a half circle.


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New York Post, July 27, 1935
The Long Brown Path


By RAYMOND H. TORREY

“I would be very much obliged if you would tell me how to reach the ‘Indian carvings’ at Bloomingburg,” writes Miss Lucy P. East­man, of New York City, from Lake Minnewaska. “I know they are fakes, but all the same would like to see them.”


Fake Indian Carvings

They are rather funny and clever, and fooled a good many persons who did not appraise them carefully. They can be reached by automobile by New Jersey Route 4, from the George Washington Bridge, to Route 2, and to Suffern, N.Y., and thence on New York Route 17 via Tuxedo, Monroe, Middletown, to Bloomingburg, about eighty miles from New York. There turn right, northeast, at the general store and follow a dirt road along the west side of Shawangunk Kill two and one-half miles, then turn right across the Kill on an iron bridge, and three-quarters miles beyond to a four corners, with a schollhouse at the northwest cor­ner.

Here turn left, northeast. The first house, on the left, is Mr. Youngblood’s, who told Mr. W.W. Cady, who first told me about the carvings. Beyond Youngblood’s about 200 yards, on the right, east, is an opening in the fence. Go in, across the pasture, to the edge of the woods, and follow a path around to the right to a rocky area, where there is a spring. The carvings are on a slightly slanting sandstone ledge, about ten feet square.

The next house beyond Youngblood’s is Mr. Meade’s, just beyond a road turning left to a bridge over the Kill. Mr. Meade told Mr. W.J. coulter of the Historical Society of Middletown and the Wallkill Precinct (which had believed the carvings on the level), and me, how the Harris boys, whose summer camp is at the bridge, cut the figures with a steel chisel, from those in a Scout manual, and he likes to take visitors in to the rock and expose the fake.


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New York Post, October 23, 1935
The Long Brown Path

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