|Bovina District 4, 1957|
Note: Joan has noted that the photographer might have been Carolyn Keefer, wife of the Bovina UP Church minister.
Bovina Town Historian Ray LaFever will use this blog to present occasional tidbits about the history of this small town in the Northern Catskills of New York
|Bovina District 4, 1957|
Delaware Valley Railroad Prospectus
The proposed DELAWARE VALLEY RAILROAD is to be built from the village of Delhi, the county seat of Delaware County, N.Y., from the terminal for the Delhi branch of the New York, Ontario & Western Railroad, to the villages of Andes and Bovina Centre, a total distance of 15 miles.The consent of the property owners along the line has all be secured, permitting the construction of the railway along the highway, or the so called Delhi and Middletown turnpike.The villages of Andes and Bovina Centre have no outlet to a railroad, the nearest being 12 miles over a long and steep hill to the Ulster & Delaware Railroad, at Arkville, or 12 miles to the New York, Ontario & Western Railroad, at Delhi, over this proposed route.The people for at least 7 miles beyond Andes will haul freight to and from the proposed railroad at Andes. To reach Bovina Centre, a branch will be run intersecting the main line, reaching people for at least 7 miles beyond Bovina Centre who will haul freight to and from this terminus, making the length of territory covered by this railroad over 30 miles.The territory to be covered by this railroad is as fertile as any in the State of New York, and a noted dairying section. The milk and freight traffic on this proposed railroad will be a large and profitable one, and the company will at once obtain a large business from this item of freight alone.The proposed railroad follows the Little Delaware, a branch of the Delaware river, and the grades encountered are comparatively easy, costing less than $3,000 per mile in the construction of the road bed.We are positive that a personal examination of the route will prove conclusively the correctness of this statement, and the prospective earnings hereto attached, and would invite examination as to the correctness of our statements.This statement does not include the villages of New Kingston, Margaretville, Arena, Union Grove, and Shavertown, all of which are within a distance of ten miles from the road.
|Photo from 1940s by James Hoy, courtesy of Jim and Tom Hoy.|
|Photo courtesy of family of Jack Hilson - click on image to see larger view|
|Photo by Ray LaFever, May 21, 2011 - click on image to see larger view|