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Located in the heart of Orange County, the city of Middletown was first settled c. 1760. The hamlet became a village in 1848 and a city in 1888. Long noted for its dairy farming, Middletown gained its reputation as a railroad center beginning in 1843 with the coming of the New York & Erie Rail Road. That reputation remained until 1957, when Middletown's other major railroad, the famed New York, Ontario & Western Railway, was abandoned. With more than two hundred historical images, Middletown celebrates the people, places, and event that over the years helped shape this progressive community. Picture are period street scenes, homes by noted local architect Frank Lindsey, Clemson Park with is famous Japanese garden, and highly ornate buildings that are still in use, such as the Orange County Community College and the Middletown Thrall Library. All of these centered around a thriving business district, strong industries, and up-to-date transportation.
ISBN: 9780738508665
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New York
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
To illustrate this fascinating history, author Marvin H. Cohen has selected the finest images from the collection of the Historical Society of Middletown and the Wallkill Precinct, of which he is president and curator. A lifelong resident of Middletown, he is proud to share his deep knowledge of the community, gained in part from his fifty-year membership in the Middletown Fire Department and his decades of research as a railway historian.
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