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Calling themselves the three musketeers, here from the left are Kate Dexter, Jeanne Slater and Ginny Kille. Kate writes, “We three town girls spent lots of time together.” Pictured circa 1940, it was a time before much television or I-phones and texting, a time when more time was spent outside. Thanks to Kate Dexter Sullivan for donating the picture.

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This is a picture taken in February 1940 of Bridge St. in Narrowsburg, NY looking west from the railroad bridge. The gas station on the left was Dexter’s Chevrolet (where the fire Department is now), followed by Crocker’s Store (replaced by UDC’s building), and then Miller’s Restaurant (now occupied by the Chinese Restaurant). On the right was the Community House and Park Movie Theatre, then Reiser’s house (torn down a few years ago), the Mary Hensz home (she drove a taxi service), the Ford Garage and then Mrs. Laffin’s house (she had a beauty parlor).  Read more

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Pictured here in a snowy February 1940, is a scene of Narrowsburg’s Main St., looking toward the river bridge from the railroad overpass. On the right is Stranahan’s store, then the Mike Pries building (now housing the weaver and the jewelry shops), then the Gebbart building (it burned in 1945 and the bank was then built). The Gutheil’s private home was torn down to make way for the post office, built in 1967. The dark shape behind the tree is the Arlington Hotel with the Decker building at the very end. On the left is a gas station owned and run by Stranahan’s Store.  Read more

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Pictured here in a snowy February 1940, we are looking toward the river bridge from the railroad overpass. On the right is Stranahan’s store, then the Mike Pries building (now housing the weaver and the jewelry shops), then the Gebbart building (it burned in 1945 and the bank was then built). The Gutheil’s private home was torn down to make way for the post office, built in 1967. The dark shape behind the tree is the Arlington Hotel with the Decker building at the very end. On the left is a gas station owned and run by Stranahan’s Store (can you believe Narrowsburg sold gas?).  Read more

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Here is an early picture of the Hawk’s Nest. It was the first section of the road that later was named Route 97. The road was not built in one continuous span, but rather in sporadic sections. It was finally completed from Port Jervis to Hancock, some 70 miles, in 1939. A grand parade of automobiles, starting at Port Jervis and culminating in Hancock, celebrated the event with speeches at many towns. A dinner in Hancock marked the end of the historic day. An annual celebration continued for several years and was dubbed “Rte. 97 Day.”

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This 1922 post card states at the bottom “The Dam, Cochecton Center, N.Y.” At one time a tannery was located here. The dam was built to provide the vast amounts of water needed both for water power and the large cauldrons used to boil the hemlock bark to make the tannic acid that was used to tan the leather. Built by Stevens Brothers, owners of the tannery, the dam created a lake of about 50 acres. It also was a form of recreation with boating and fishing enjoyed by residents and “boarders,” as tourists were called in the early ‘20s and ‘30s.  Read more

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Here is an early picture of the Hawk’s Nest. Route 97 was built in random sections and the 70-mile road was not completed until 1939. The Hawk’s Nest was the first section to be constructed, during the 1920s, and was among the hardest and most dangerous to build. A car of that era can be seen on the road to the left. From the Tusten Historical Society’s collection.

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This picture was taken from what was called Eagle’s Rock, up above Peggy Runway Road. Here we see the land at the center of the Delaware River’s winding “horseshoe.” Known as the flats, here in 1930 it is virtually uninhabited, with few buildings. Eighty some years later it is a thriving part of the community. From the Ruth & J. Frank Behling collection.

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Pictured here on January 24, 1920 we see the results of a massive train wreck in Narrowsburg, NY. Often merchandise was strewn along the tracks. I remember hearing of a carload of shoes that spilled out during a wreck and residents were able to find themselves the owner of a new pair. From the Ruth & J. Frank Behling collection.

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Bundled up against the January cold in 1918 is four-year-old George “Chris” Behling on the wooden sled that was popular at the time.

Born in Narrowsburg in November 1913, he lived and worked in Richmond Hill, but at retirement, he moved back to Narrowsburg. Active in many local organizations here, he procured grants for them from ESSO, the company he had worked for those many years.
This photo is from the collection of Ruth & J. Frank Behling.

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