Kudish’s hand-drawn maps detail track routes and pinpoint, by industry, where forest product factories, mines, creameries, hotels and other businesses reliant on railroads were located. The second half of the book contains detailed maps of each segment of New York Central’s Ottawa and St. Laurence divisions, including lines built to serve specific companies. 100+ maps and illustrations.
Mountain Railroads of New York State: Vol. 1, Where Did the Tracks Go in the Western Adirondacks?
About the Book
For railroad lovers, history buffs, and anyone who loves to ramble in the mountains, Michael Kudish’s series is the definitive atlas to former railroad routes and what lay along them in the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains, with hundreds of hand-drawn maps. A retired professor of forestry at Paul Smith’s College, Michael Kudish devoted over thirty years to the study of the railroad lines and how they intertwined with the history of forestry, mining and hotels. Anyone who wants to understand the history of these areas and glimpse the once-dominant railroad industry at its peak will find these volumes indispensable references and fascinating reading.
Each book assists the reader in the location of railroad grades, existing or abandoned, provides the dates of service for each line, and describes the major industries they served. Each also provides detailed itineraries for passengers riding on existing trains to give readers a fuller appreciation of historic and natural sights along the right-of-way.
Kudish’s hand-drawn maps detail track routes and pinpoint, by industry, where forest product factories, mines, creameries, hotels and other businesses reliant on railroads were located. The second half of the book contains detailed maps of each segment of New York Central’s Ottawa and St. Laurence divisions, including lines built to serve specific companies.
100+ maps and illustrations.
About the Author
Michael Kudish is an author, railroad historian, forest historian, botanist, and retired professor emeritus. He received his Ph.D. in botany in 1971 from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse. His dissertation, on the history of Catskill forests, was the beginning of a lifelong study. It was later expanded and published in book form as The Catskill Forest: A History. His previous degrees included a B.S. from the City College of New York, and an M.S. from Cornell University (1968).
As a professor in the Division of Forestry at Paul Smith’s College, he had written three books on the flora of the Adirondacks, including Adirondack Upland Flora, as well as a vast number of articles on forest history of both the Catskills and Adirondacks. As a railroad historian, he wrote Where Did The Tracks Go?, an initial description of railroads in the Adirondacks, followed by Railroads of the Adirondacks, for a long time considered the definitive work on the subject. After retiring from Paul Smith’s College, Professor Kudish moved to the Catskills, and has completed a four-volume series, entitled Mountain Railroads of New York State. It updates Railroads of the Adirondacks in the first three volumes, and adds a fourth volume covering the Catskills (with a separate Addendum volume of 55 pages). These titles are available from this website.
The Michael Kudish Natural History Preserve in Stamford, New York is named for him.
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