Monthly Archives: April 2013

Gail Borden’s Condensed Milk

Source: Oblong to the Hudson by Harry Wirth; 1976

Information here is for archival purposes, and is not current

Brewster

Gail Borden, once appointed mayor of Galveston, Texas by Sam Houston, later spent his life savings securing the patent on an 1853 invention which made condensed milk. He opened his first factory in Amenia, where due to the demand raised by the Civil War, he soon became a millionaire. In 1865 he built his second plant on the shore of the Croton River in Brewster, on a former mill site. The present structure was built by Borden’s son, John, in 1879.

 

Bird and Bottle Inn

Source: Oblong to the Hudson by Harry Wirth; 1976

Information here is for archival purposes, and is not current

Old Albany Post Road, Garrison

A regular coach stop one day’s travel from New York, the Bird and Bottle Inn, formerly Warren’s Tavern, was a welcome sight on Albany Post Road to the tired and hungry travelers of pre-Revolutionary America. The original structure was built in 1761, and the extensively restored restaurant still serves the public.

 

New Croton Dam

Source: Oblong to the Hudson by Harry Wirth; 1976

Information here is for archival purposes, and is not current

Route 129, Town of Cortlandt

The New Croton Dam was a fifteen year project completed in 1907. As the tallest masonry dam of its time – 184 feet high – it caused, as part of the New York City Reservoir System, vast changes in the land’s appearance and major alterations in the economy of the Putnam-Westchester area.