Sullivan County Ghosttown

PineSinger

Phillipsport, United States

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Main street in the hamlet of Mountaindale, New York, USA, quite apparently little or no activity occurs in the hamlet any longer. Buildings are vacant, businesses have closed time and time again, leaving only the barren street with a part time bar, part time cafe, and part time Post Office.
Mountaindale changed drastically in character from a rural farming hamlet, beginning with the arrival of the New York, Ontario & Western Railroad, and the name change of the local post office, in December 1880, from Sandburgh to Mountain Dale. Around that time a number of farmhouses that were more hotels than farms opened, and beginning in 1899 the ethnic character of the area began to change from predominantly gentile to predominantly Jewish.

By the time of the crash of 1929, several Jewish welfare organizations were engaged in resettling Jewish families whose breadwinners were unable, due to health reasons, to make a living in the New York City sweatshops, onto subsistence farms in the Mountaindale area. While good-hearted this effort may have been, in some cases it simply replaced urban poverty with an even more extreme form of rural poverty.

Mountaindale came within hours of hosting the “Bach to Rock Festival”, a concert intended to rival Woodstock in both scope and size. For the month of August in 1970 the hamlet played host to over 50,000 hippies until a court order halted the concert less than one day before it was to open.

Composed in Photoshop with original textures.

Artwork Comments

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