Stone Bridge and Caves News
Natural Stone Bridge, Naturefs Masterpiece - There I t pleasure W the pathless woods-. woods-. woods-. . ," the poet . mused. Thara If pleasure alio, ' and solace (or the spirit, where ; paths, beckon beside fern and. moss-bedecked moss-bedecked moss-bedecked rock walls, sha- sha- '. dowed Vand . fragrant, - while V? mountain , breezes ' gently stir ' evergreen umbrella 'boughs and ' tumbling, whirling waters seenv: ; to create deep, symphonic ao--' ao--' ao--' ao--' compartment to bird-song bird-song bird-song melo- melo- ' dies overhead. . . - The setting? Stone Bridge and'.' caves, long-storied, long-storied, long-storied, adjacent to . Route I lust north of Pottars- Pottars- , ville. : Here, the . ageless : and aging (ace of nature appears. In rocks of arresting': design, " texture and color here is a -place -place of exploration and dls-covery dls-covery dls-covery a woods sanctuary; .-and .-and .-and Adirondack wonder! , : There is a big eye-catching eye-catching eye-catching ', sign. One turns off Route for a delightful two-mlles-plus-drlve two-mlles-plus-drlve two-mlles-plus-drlve two-mlles-plus-drlve two-mlles-plus-drlve two-mlles-plus-drlve two-mlles-plus-drlve through the woods, meander : ing which ends, all' too soon by, a clearing. - At the right is Lydia's home. (Lydia Neuback, proprietor, has roamed this .area from childhood) parking pace and, around the driveway, driveway, or through a gift shop into cedar '-sweet '-sweet '-sweet picnic . ground 'where lour "ot stone bridge and caves begins after -a -a .pause at lookout Point. ' (Cameras at the padyl ) ; ' There are signs which take one by the hand along j the brook-edge brook-edge brook-edge trails (look for 'yel low marking) Indicating, spots ' of special interest (cavevof the . :' lost pool, the whirlpool, Peter Pans' peephole, echo cava, noisy . cave) there are board - walks with sturdy railings, there are split-log split-log split-log seats for rest- rest- '. ful dilly-dallying dilly-dallying dilly-dallying , and meditation, meditation, there are steps up here, : : ' down there at various levels in " the gorge, there are gentle - warnings to stay on trails land there is fishing'! .Swimming at a certain pool is enjoyed oh , .' occasion, but Lydla does the exhibition swim, through ah! 80-. 80-. 80-. foot long underground channel .which she succeeded in clear-. clear-. clear-. ing of logs. : i l ' i One of the most striking tea-,' tea-,' tea-,' tures of the ancient wonder oo "Stone Bridge Creek," Is the ' 60-foot 60-foot 60-foot high stone arch with) Its 180-foot- 180-foot- 180-foot- 180-foot- span .under which the stream races to emerge 600 feet farther 'down. At Its feet lies an Immense slab, tons heavy, ' which dropped from the inside of the huge arch some time ago, ? Spafford's New York State . Gazetteer of 1813 Included men-' men-' men-' Hon of the' brldgeiW'Isa great , natural curiosity land has given.' Its name to a small stream that "' ! runs under it In two. branches, i the northern one under the arch of massive granite.; At the dis-; dis-; dis-; tance of 247 feet from the en i trance the waters j disembogue i. In one stream, having united in . the subterranean passage and here Is a precipice of rock, M : feet high Stone Bridge Creek enters the Schroonj River 1 i 'short distance below the'brdlgev - where -the -the stream is of a good falls nd a hand." The have been bed of Iron ore at bridge Is said to -known -known at one time Bridge of. Cod; or Ponte de Dots. The if. yr phenomenon was mentioned In ; size for mills, is aj NATURAL STONE BRIDGE CAVES Morse's Geography of 1766 J'the fury of the water and the roughness of the bottom, added to the terrific noise .within,., have hitherto presented any person .from passing through the chasm." During the last quarter of the 1800's a dam extended across ' (he front of the Stone Bridge and a sawmill was la operation operation there.