Before NYC built the reservoir in our town, there was an old road that followed the Esopus Creek.
It was called The Dugway. I can remember my grandfather saying that the banks along the creek would wash out at times and dirt and rocks would cover the road. Can't imagine riding over this with a horse and buggy and all that mud.
There was another road called the Upper Road, which today is pretty much Rt. 28. It was a plank road at one time, paved with hemlock boards sawn from the many hemlock trees that were cut for their bark.
I have some old postcards of these roads and was inspired to paint the Dugway from Shokan looking out at the mountains near Boiceville. If you were to stand somewhere near Steve Heller's Fabulous Furniture, you would see this view. Today the property is partly under water and partly covered in trees. One can hardly see the mountains!
This little painting measures 6"x 8" and is on a stretched canvas. It has a saw tooth hanger attached and could be displayed without a frame.
oil on canvas
6" x 8"