The winner of our contest, Kevin Denton of Pawling, receives a gift certificate to the Daily Planet Restaurant in LaGrangeville. Read on for more derrick discourse.
I have often driven by this structure when I’m on the east side of the
My parents leased a farm in Pawling, where I was born, in 1939. Every once in a while, we had to drive from Pawling to the Midway Garage on the then-US Route 9 that ran between Wappingers Falls and Fishkill before the present Route 9 was built.
Back around 1945, I remember dad stopping at the crest of the road and looking west towards that tower. A small blimp was moored at or very near it, and he thought that its purpose was to anchor small dirigibles or blimps just after the war had ended. A few years later we saw two small blimps anchored on or around that tower. I think it may have been 1950. Not until I read your article about this landmark did I know that it was a derrick used to mine specific soils… interesting indeed.
Henry W. Walters
Great shot, I actually never knew what it was either.
I first noticed the structure on my way to work in the Dutchess Mall in 1981. Until I read your article I had no idea what this thing was. Thanks for the info.
I thought it was an oil derrick. I never heard of “pumping” soil!
The derrick is in Fishkill. I have to admit I’ve cheated in a way. The local town historian quoted in your article is most likely my mother, Willa Skinner. When I was growing up she’d always point it out to me as we drove past it in the car and tell me the history of it.
I grew up seeing this metal tower. I had heard that it was a crane that was digging and the area filled up with water, that the crane operator barely got out alive, and that it was just left there. (This rumor circulated about
I have passed it hundreds of times and always wondered what it was. Also thanks for an excellent magazine. My husband and I enjoy your restaurant reviews and try to patronize your recommendations.
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I’ve often wondered what the structure was. I am so delighted now to know. I just love the magazine! I first saw it in my doctor’s office and now subscribe to it. It has some great articles. Keep up the wonderful job!
The story I heard is that it was used to provide fill for the 1939 World’s Fair site. Whatever!
Thanks for the story! I’ve wondered so many times for what use that contraption was built.
United Way of
Thanks for the great history lesson and for a consistently excellent magazine!
Marie and Kevin Burns
Consider it done
We are continually trying to portray our wines as approachable for everyone. My concern is that people will look at those prices in your magazine and be immediately turned off. Is it possible to have a correction printed in your next issue?
Millbrook Vineyards & Winery
We stand corrected