Stories from the Mohawk Valley: The Painted Rocks, the Good Benedict Arnold & More

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Nestled in Upstate New York along the banks of the Mohawk River are the many communities of the Mohawk Valley. These villages, towns and cities have unique histories but are inextricably tied together by the waterways that run through them. The mills, railroads and the Erie Canal sustained early growth; the Painted Rocks beautified the landscape; and tales from the local Mohawk Nation still enrich the folklore. Many remarkable individuals have called the Mohawk Valley home, including psychedelic philosopher Benjamin Paul Blood, Queen Libby, the Daiquiris and actor Kirk Douglas. For over a decade, local native Bob Cudmore has documented the interesting, important and unusual stories from the region's past, and he has compiled the best of them here.
ISBN: 9781609490584
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New York
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 63
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Bob Cudmore is a native of Amsterdam, New York, who has written a regular column on Mohawk Valley history for the Daily Gazette newspaper for over a decade. He and Steve Dunn co-produced a ninety-minute WMHT-TV documentary about Amsterdam history—Carpet City—in 2000. That same year, Cudmore published the book You Can't Go Wrong: Stories from Nero, N.Y. and Other Tales, a satirical look at Upstate life.   A radio and television talk show host, Cudmore most recently hosted the morning show on Lite 104.7/1570 AM WVTL radio in Amsterdam. From 1980 to 1993, he hosted the nightly Contact talk show on WGY radio in Albany. An adjunct instructor in media at Albany's College of St. Rose, Cudmore worked in public relations for the State University of New York System Administration from 1993 to 2001. He has a master's and a bachelor's in English from Boston University. He lives in Glenville and has two children—Bob Cudmore Jr. of Baltimore, Maryland, and Kathleen R. Bokan of West Charlton, New York.
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