4/19/12 Amy writes "This looks like the Wagar's old house on Pillar Point. Circa
late 1970's the Wagar family had a small dairy operation. Big family, all super
hard working kids. One day's work: "picking rocks," which meant go to a field
and start picking up the rocks that had worked their way out of the ground over
the winter. Throw the rocks into a manure spreader and then dump them at the
fenceline. And then do it again. And again. At the end of the day, go milk the
cows. I remember driving past in the late 1980's and seeing that the
farm was dwindling -- product of the changing farm economics. There might have
been a trailer out front for a while. Classic farmhouse design from the area."
writes "The landfill referenced is northeast of the old Air Brake, and served
the Air Brake itself, not the city. There is another one that served just the
foundry, northeast of the foundry off Purdy Ave."
Mark H. says "Great website. Born and
raised in upstate NY. Moved away 20 yrs ago. Remember when my dad worked at the
Air Brake. Sad to say this is what our country has come to. All our American
made factories in ruins."
"As a boy, I sold Post Standard Newspapers at the main gate. I
would get the papers at a building near the Mohican market, peddle my bicycle to
the main gate and get home in time to go to Hamilton St. School.
Taken on 04/16/09 Another view.
the trail is built on a railroad track foundation but this particular
section (the part closest to the village of Black River) was built on the
remains of an old road; the Woodard Hill Road, and connects up to the
railroad track foundation where the trial continues. There are numerous
pieces of old farm machinery scattered around, and parts of the building
and miscellaneous items.