Mar 14th, 2008 by admin
Here’s the second part of our thrilling tale. The first part can be found here.
In this installment, I’ll be showing you the roadway as I found it in early March of 2008, 51 years after it last saw traffic.
Looking South from the lookout, you can see ‘Indian Head’ (upper right corner of the pic), a rock formation that looks like a man’s face. If you look at the bottom of the picture, you can see what used to be ‘Forest View Park’ (and the Forest View Jetty pilings in the water) - a popular park and beach area built in 1900 but finally abandoned in 1960 (not too many people wanted to go swimming in the Hudson River after WWII). This area is now referred to as the Three Ghosts of Forest View.
Much more after the jump (click on “Continue Reading” below)
Here’s the roadway looking South towards it’s terminus.
Looking North towards the Lookout, at the wonderfully preserved concrete roadway, one would never suspect this was anything other than an old sidewalk.
Here’s what the Lookout Inn looks like today. Enclosed and with the fuel pump island removed.
Here’s the roadway plaque, announcing its 1926 inception.
That first step is a doozy…
Here’s the view of the unmolested roadway, just North of the overlook. This section of 9W was two lanes, one way (North), so I’m puzzled as to why there’s a double yellow down the middle. The roadway is a bit narrow for two lanes, so perhaps it was a no lane change zone before the MUTCD mandated white for same direction traffic markings? Or maybe in 1957 when they were switching things around prior to closing this section, they temporarily routed Southbound 9W traffic down this road? Regardless, it’s amazingly resilient 50+ year old paint.
The square curbing is intact for the remainder of the roadway. Don’t know why I find this surprising.
All the storm drains were still present and appeared to be in working order (don’t know if the PIP maintains them).
I’m sure one of the reasons the tree-lined roadway was so readily abandoned was its narrow aspect and low speed curves. Although, I’m sure that in 1926, this was considered a high speed curve…
One of the few remaining original guardrails still stands. A six inch square post with a pair of metal stanchions through which thick steel cable ran.
In this picture you can spy one of the CautionOptional support staff measuring the steep grade and planning on coming back during warmer weather with his bicycle.
If you found this in the least bit interesting, you might want to check out other abandoned roadways. You might find one closer to you than you think.
Although I did recently spy an interesting looking phantom roadway in Staten Island, I have been wanting to check out the available portions of the Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike for a while now. The Southern Alleghenies Conservancy purchased these abandoned portions for a dollar and is supposed to be restoring the abandoned Pike and tunnels, but unfortunately that seems doubtful. :-(
Although there is the promise of Pike2Bike.
So check out the links over on the Pennways site, and the even more numerous links over on the generally disturbing Centralia site. Centralia, in case you’ve not heard of it before, is a town in PA that had to be abandoned because of an inextinguishable underground coal fire.
And while writing this blog is as much for my own edification as it is for anyone else’s, I do enjoy getting feedback on it, so please do drop me a line and let me know what you think. Either in the comment section or via the forums.