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Archive for June 3rd, 2010

This 1867 map shows two brickyard sites to the west of the Casperkill

At the beginning of the 20th century, brickmaking was the dominant industry along the Hudson River.  The extraordinary growth of New York City between 1880 and 1920 guaranteed a steady demand for Hudson Valley bricks, while the uniform clay banks […]

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The following passages are from the glossary of the 1924 book Poughkeepsie: The Origin and Meaning of the Word by Helen Wilkinson Reynolds:
Kil
“In the Netherlands in the seventeenth century the word kil was used to designate narrow connecting water-channels.  In the Dutch settlements in America it was applied to running streams and was in common […]

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In 1876, a Historical Sketch of Vassar College was prepared “in compliance with an invitation from the Commission of the Bureau of Education, representing the Department of the Interior in matters relating to the National Centennial.” This early document highlights the centrality of the Casperkill Creek to the value (and landscape design) of the land […]

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The Fonteynkill, a major tributary of the Casperkill, drains a portion of the City of Poughkeepsie.  It flows from Park Avenue to Vassar Lake, then under Raymond Avenue and onto the main Vassar College campus.  On campus the Fonteynkill runs between Olmstead and Skinner Halls before joining the Casperkill just south of the Sunset Lake […]

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