19th century Warrensburg — River driving and nature watching

Maury Thompson
3 min readApr 11, 2024

River driving provided an opportunity to observe nature.

“Charles Soper, an old river driver of Warrensburg, observes that eagles have built their nests on Blue Ledge for last 40 years,” The Morning Star of Glens Falls reported on Aug. 25, 1894. “The ledge is about 350 feet high, extending almost perpendicular from the banks of the Hudson River neat the Fourteenth. The nests are on the face of the cliff, 200 feet above the river.”

In other 19th century Warrensburg news collected from historic newspapers of the region:

  • “The new iron bridge has come and will be put in place next week,” the Warrensburg correspondent reported in The Morning Star on Nov. 9, 1894.

“Workmen from Fort Edward began the work of putting in the new iron bridge in place Tuesday,” the Warrensburg correspondent reported in The Morning Star on Nov. 17.

“The new iron bridge was finished Wednesday. We now have another handsome and graceful bridge in our midst,” the Warrensburg correspondent reported in The Morning Star on Dec. 1.

  • “Thomas J. Smith has placed a new electric streetlamp in front of his grist mill,” the Warrensburg correspondent reported on Oct. 27, 1894.
  • “Ground was broken this week for an addition to the woolen mill,” the Warrensburg correspondent reported in The Morning Star on Nov. 9. “It is to be 100 feet long, 32 feet wide and two stories high, and will more than double the capacity of the mill.”
  • “A skating rink has been graded off on the lawn next to the Warren House and will soon be put in shape for skating as soon as the weather permits,” the Warrenburg correspondent reported in The Morning Star on Nov. 17, 1894.
  • “Mrs. D. C. Loveland received an elegant new Chapman organ last week. … McGan’s Pond is frozen over and there is skating on it,” the Warrensburg correspondent reported in The Morning Star on Nov. 26, 1894.
  • “S. C. Prosser is excavating for an addition to his greenhouse,” the Warrensburg correspondent reported in The Morning Star on Dec. 8, 1894. “The Citizens’ Band serenaded a number of downtown business places Monday night.”
  • “Ice harvesting has begun around here, ice being taken from Bond’s Pond,” the Warrensburg correspondent reported in The Morning Star on Jan. 19, 1895.
  • “Electricians are busy wiring the Grand Army House, Warrensburg, preparatory to putting in electric lights. Landlord Heffron is bound to be abreast of the times,” The Morning Star reported on Feb. 5, 1895.
  • “Some fifteen or twenty Glens Falls Odd Fellows will visit Warrensburg Lodge №448 tonight to witness the working of the First Degree,” The Morning Star reported on Feb. 5, 1895. “It will be a sight worth seeing, as the Warrensburg lodge has a first-class degree team, a fine lodge, and rich paraphernalia.”
  • “The old pier that stood in the middle of the river under the Judd Bridge has been taken down by Commissioner of Highways George T. Lockwood and another winter we have a chance to speed some of the many good horses around there,” the Warrensburg correspondent reported in The Morning Star on Feb. 8, 1895.
  • “Our sidewalks are kept shoveled and plowed out this winter better than ever before,” the Warrensburg correspondent reported in The Morning Star on Feb. 16, 1895.

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Maury Thompson

Freelance history writer and documentary film producer from Ticonderoga, NY