The Story of Kaaterskill Falls

Published on 17 September, at 15 : 17 PM

The Story of Kaaterskill Falls, NY.

Kaaterskill Falls is a two-stage waterfall of Kaaterskill Creek, located in the eastern Catskill Mountains of New York.

The waterfalls are one of America’s oldest tourist attractions, being depicted or described by many books, essays, poems and paintings of the early 19th century.

He builds, in the starlight clear and cold, A palace of ice where his torrent falls, With turret, and arch, and fretwork fair, And pillars blue as the summer air.

Long before Alexis de Tocqueville’s famous essay on America, Kaaterskill Falls was lauded as a place where a traveler could see a wilder image, a sort of primeval Eden.

The two cascades total 260 feet (79 m) in height, making it one of the highest waterfalls in New York, and one of the Eastern United States’ tallest waterfalls.

Beginning with Thomas Cole’s first visit during 1825, they became a subject for painters of the Hudson River School, setting the wilderness ideal for American landscape painting.

Kindred Spirits

by Asher Durand (1849)

Midst greens and shades the Catterskill leaps,
From cliffs where the wood-flower clings;
All summer he moistens his verdant steeps,
With the sweet light spray of the mountain-springs,
And he shakes the woods on the mountain-side,
When they drip with the rains of autumn-tide.
But when, in the forest bare and old,
The blast of December calls,
He builds, in the starlight clear and cold,
A palace of ice where his torrent falls,
With turret, and arch, and fretwork fair,
And pillars blue as the summer air.

This page dedicated to the precious lives lost in the midst of this natural wonder….

In memory of:

Marcel R. Pilette, 58, from Delmar NJ [12/29/2009]
Jeremy W. Mullins, 32, of Savannah, GA [06/13/2009]
William J. Costello, 52, of Delmar, New York [05/01/2010]
Abraham Mendoza, 19, of Chicago, IL [08/20/2010]
Josie Mendillo Torlish, 54, of Beacon, NY [06/28/2014]
Ariana Bedka, 23, of Wappingers Falls, NY [07/30/14]
Ezra Kennedy, 17, of Westfield, NJ [07/27/2016]
Marcie Yates, 56, of Westfield, NJ [08/22/2016]
Anthony Miele, 30, of Newburgh, NY [11/13/2016]

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