Post by Karl Xydexx Jorgensen on May 20, 2008 14:14:00 GMT -5
One of my favorite places to explore is the Hudson Highlands in New York. It's loaded with old crumbling mansions and old iron-ore mines from the 1800s. Fortunately, some books have been written which can help to find them. Here are a few of the ones in my collection:
Iron Mine Trails by Edward J. Lenik - A history and hiker's guide to the historic iron mines of the New Jersey and New York Highlands. Most of the New York mines listed are in Harriman State Park in Rockland County, including Hogencamp Mine, Surebridge, Mine, and Pine Swamp Mine. The book includes maps and histories of the various sites.
Hiking the Road to Ruins by David A. Steinberg - Day Trips and Camping Adventures to Iron Mines, Old Miltary Sites, and Things Abandoned in the New York City Area and Beyond. Most of the sites are day trips from New York City, but there are a few (C&O Canal and Boston Harbor Islands) which are further away. This book has a lot of information on sites I never knew about, such as the Burnett-Timken Estate along the Palisades.
Fifty Hikes in the Hudson Valley - by Barbara McMartin and Peter Kick. From the Catskills to the Taconics, and from the Ramapos to the Heiderbergs. Includes Storm King and Breakneck Mountain, and many hikes further up the Hudson, exploring sites of old mountain houses in the Catskills, some of which still exist today. Detailed topographic maps and history.
What are some of your recommended books on modern ruins and abandoned places?