Although the exact origins of the ivy-cloaked stone entranceway are difficult to determine, one thing is certain: The “passage to the past” — which has ties to the Underground Railroad — is located on South Piermont Avenue in Piermont. We owe congratulations to Ken Wendler of Wallkill, who was the first to identify the location (and nab our prize). And our thanks to Joanne Michaels and Hardie Truesdale, whose just-published book Hudson River Towns provided background information on the mysterious Mine Hole. This month, we challenge you to name the hometown of a brick building that sticks out like a sore thumb at the Hudson River’s edge; click here to answer our trivia.
I remember walking from Piermont to Sparkill on many a day and passing the Mine Hole on my way. It was good to see it again. I moved from that part of the county 33 years ago. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I came across it in your December edition.
I believe it was just a spring in a crevasse of the hillside, which was composed of 300 million-year-old basalt (diabase). The basalt was used for railroad base and building stone, but was so hard, heavy, and faulty that it wasn’t all that popular for the latter. That stone is so loaded with iron that there was probably a fair amount of “fool’s gold” to be found.
We take great offense to Mr. Levine’s condescending, arrogant attitude as reflected in the statement: “Reasoning with a phobia is like arguing with a Tea Partier, but I tried anyway” (The Final Word, November). Politically offensive statements have no place in a magazine that purports to be neutral or nonpartisan to a general Hudson Valley audience.