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Castorland Factory
Taken on 04/03/07
Castorland (in the village), Ridge Road.  Old factory, was at one time Climax Manufacturing
Partial panoramic image
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Comments from visitors:
Jack S. writes: "The missing section of the building was at least partially reused to add to the Urban Hershey home. The building was originally used to make the Cimax Brooder which was used to hatch chicken eggs. Now owned by Slack Chemical Co. and in use."
Castorland (in the village), old train depot
Taken on 04/03/07
A Webmaster Favorite
Castorland (in the village), old train depot.  The webmaster had a brief but rather weird experience while photographing this building

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Comments from visitors:
'Campany' writes "Recently drove through Castorland and apparently this summer/fall (2009) they tore the old depot down and nothing remains- so glad you got the photos!"
Castorland (in the village), old train depot
Taken on 04/03/07
Castorland (in the village), old train depot

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Castorland Depot
Taken on 04/03/07
Interior shots (taken through a window)
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Comments from visitors:
From andre.govia (via Flickr.com): "Great shot dude love the use of tone 10/10 www.missionabandoned.com"
From comac1103 (via Flickr.com): "What a wonderful interior shot and I'm so glad Kilroy was there."
From Lida Rose (via Flickr.com): "I hadn't realized this was in such bad shape. Glad you are adding your photos to Flickr now."
From heinrick05 (via Flickr.com): "Chimney above a doorway... no wonder it's sagging."
Castorland (in the village), old train depot
Taken on 04/03/07
Another

The floor or ceiling looks as though it is collapsing, as there is a marked dip in the ceiling, as you can see from this photo and the previous one.
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Castorland (in the village), old train depot
Taken on 04/03/07
More

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Castorland (in the village), old train depot
Taken on 04/03/07
Still more

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Old Schoolhouse
Taken on 04/03/07
Old schoolhouse, East Road, outside of Deer River area

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Vorce Road, near corner of County Route 55.  Old bridge beside new one
Taken on 04/03/07
Vorce Road, near corner of County Route 55.  Old bridge beside new one

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Route 12 Cheese Cellar
Taken on 04/03/07
 Route 12, near corner of Military Road.  Cheese Cellar
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Comments from visitors:
Ron writes "They used to cure limberg [Lindberg] cheese in the cellar."
Route 12 Cheese Cellar
Taken on 04/03/07
Closer shot of entrance.  On property owned by State of NY?

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Black River Canal
Taken on 05/13/04
Old Black River Canal Lock Park, three miles north of Boonville on Route 12

This is at the site of a small park which holds the remains of four locks of the Black River Canal system. This is looking up from the lowest one.
These locks were used to raise and lower boats from one level to the next, using gates on either end of each lock. There were 109 locks along the 35 miles from Carthage to Rome and it was completed in 1855, closed in 1926 after being instrumental in doing it's part in helping to open the North Country.
Whitford's history of the canal system

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Black River Canal
Taken on 05/13/04
Hinge bolts for doors
Here you can see some of the shaft that was used for opening the human-operated doors. Remember that all these holds were hand-drilled into the stone. Each bolt seemed to have been stabilized with molten lead in the hole after it was inserted. On the other side you can see the depression that the doors opened into to allow as much room as possible for the boats to pass.
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Black River Canal
Taken on 05/13/04
Door system
Another view of where the doors opened into.
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Black River Canal
Taken on 05/13/04
The locks
A view at the change in levels.
This canal was created to connect the Erie Canal to the Black River and runs about 25 miles from Rome to Boonville.  It consisted of 70 locks to overcome a the height between beginning and ending points of 693 feet.  On Route 46, south of Boonville , the canal's Five Combines can still be found.
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Black River Canal
Taken on 05/13/04
Door hinge bolts
A closer look at where the metal-working had been to hold the door hinge against the water pressure.
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Black River Canal
Taken on 05/13/04
A look from the top down
A look down from the highest lock. Further down the road are remains of more locks and the depressions from where the canal had been. This lock system served as a feeder to the larger Erie Barge System.
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Stone Chimney
Taken on 04/11/07
 
Stone chimney or fireplace
This is a limestone chimney or fireplace that is in the middle of a stand of trees and brush, along the top of a hill, far from much of anything else.  The farmer who owns the property is nearly 90 years old and it was there when he bought the property when he was young, he says that it probably was used for boiling maple syrup.  But there doesn't seem to be many Maple trees around, it must be so old that all the Map trees died off.
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Stone Chimney
Taken on 04/11/07
 
Stone chimney or fireplace
Uncut limestones were used to build this, carefully mounted on top of each other and filled in with smaller stones and some sort of sandy concrete.
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Comments from visitors:
On 4/9/13 roblgabe2013 writes "There are probably no maple trees left, I read once there is a lack of certain hardwoods in northern NY due the over harvesting in the 1800's. The wood was used to make charcoal for the Iron Smelting and Casting that was very prevalent at the time."

Stone Chimney
Taken on 04/11/07
 Stone chimney or fireplace
 Here you can see a close-up of the very primitive concrete that had been used to try and seal it.  The concrete looked as though it had been just stuffed in, or possibly most of it had deteriorated.
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Stone Chimney
Taken on 04/11/07
 
 
Stone chimney or fireplace
 Here's another side.  At the bottom is a slot for possibly tending the fire, or maybe sliding something into the coals?  I routed around the dirt at the bottom with a stick, but if there were any ashes or remains of anything that had been in the ashes it was long-gone.
You can also see in this picture that the whole thing was built on top of a slight hill of stones, the hill looks like it was made up of many more limestones thrown together randomly, creating a rise.  The whole thing is on an area of raw exposed limestones shelves, interspaced with trees in and around the stony area.  Outside of this area is grassy meadowland, sloping away to hills and flat meadow on one side, nearby is a rather large none-limestone.
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House on Rector Road
Taken on 05/11/07
 
House on Rector Road
Near the very rough seasonal end.
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From sherylrob (via Flickr.com): "Love it!"
House on Rector Road
Taken on 05/11/07
 House on Rector Road
Slightly different angle.
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House on Rector Road
Taken on 05/11/07
 
House on Rector Road, surrounded by swamp
About halfway down the Rector Road, outside of Lowville near the wind turbine farm)  on the seasonal part of the road.
This is an interesting old one.  But one of the most interesting things is that there doesn't seem to be any driveway or even the remains of a driveway leading to it.  It is surrounded by marshy, swampy land that at one time must have been much drier.  Fascinating house, but I couldn't get any closer without a boat or waders.
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House on Rector Road
Taken on 05/11/07
 
House on Rector Road
Another angle
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Old Buildings on Swerniski Road
Taken on 05/11/07
 
Old farm buildings on Swerniski Road
Near Maple Ridge Wind Farm, outside of Lowville.
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