Thursday, May 7, 2009

OK, Upstate History Lessons

Sit down, class is in session.

Yes, we upstaters know that most folks from other parts of the country think everything in NY is concrete. I got to thinking that not even most upstaters knew that the Adirondacks were named by Ebenezer Emmons in 1838 and that it became a state park by law in 1902.  Originally, the the Mohawk Indians gave the name Ratirontaks to the Algonquians who were given to eating tree bark and buds when food was scarce. It simply meant “They eat trees” which was apparently a cultural “dis”.

FishCreek Pond

Second lesson… BLUE LINE, nope not about the constabulary. The Blue Line referred to the boundaries around the Catskills and Adirondacks State Parks that were found on the earliest maps.

Norrie Point, Hudson River Catskills

Third and last lesson (there will be a test)… The Dutch-influenced Catskill  Mountains were named after:

A. The stick the Iroquois used in lacrosse.

B. The numerous “catamount or mountain lion” sightings.

C. A Mohican Chief.

D. All of the above..

“D” is the correct answer.. Good work!

Next time…


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