A history of the Catskill Mountains by a lifelong resident and accomplished poet, author and historian who colorfully delineates not only the fascinating history of settlement and development but also the personalities, ordinary or eccentric, who have etched their own histories indelibly on the mountains.
The Heart of the Catskills
About the Book
By the author of the popular and highly acclaimed The Last of the Handmade Dams: The Story of the Ashokan Reservoir, this history describes the early settlement of the area, its exploitation by the tanning industry, and the building of the Grand Hotel near Belleayre. Bob Steuding presents the stories of colorful personalities, such as Jim Dutcher, the mountain man; John Burroughs, the writer and naturalist; and others who once peopled this wild and beautiful place. Written over the course of 10 years, this account is drawn from such primary sources as old publications and newspapers, letters and diaries, church records, legal deeds, personal interviews, and even the contents of a dusty, cardboard box found in the broom closet of a local library.
About the Author
A writer on Catskill Mountain and Hudson River Valley subjects since the 1960s, Bob Steuding has also served the region as a teacher, town historian, and Ulster County poet laureate. A native of the Catskills, Steuding is the author of two other regional histories, The Last of the Handmade Dams: The Story of the Ashokan Reservoir and Rondout: A Hudson River Port. He has also written two collections of poetry, Ashokan and Winter Sun and a critical biography of the Pulitzer Prize poet Gary Snyder. Bob lives with his wife Martha in Olivebridge near the Ashokan Reservoir.
7 x 10 inches