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Taken on 03/12/09
Old house on Middle Road, near Pillar Point
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On 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."

Taken on 03/12/09
Another angle of the barn
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Taken on 03/12/09
Another side
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Taken on 03/12/09
Yet another side
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Taken on 03/19/09
Another side; surprisingly a section of the far corner that you can see in this photo is used by a church.  Nearby this building is a gentle hill which is where the old landfill has been covered over years ago.
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Scannerman 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."

Taken on 03/19/09
Another building nearby (Foundry Building?), close to the Pearl Street entrance.  Some of these buildings that made up the Air Brake are being used and are in good condition while others are not in such good condition but seem to be in use.  With some of the buildings it is hard to tell which are being used, which are used for storage, and which are completely unused.
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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."
Frederick C: "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 03/19/09
This the lower wall and ruins of something I found off from the Black River-to-Watertown Trail.  Probably a barn building of some kind, built of limestones it seems.

Taken on 04/16/09
Another view.
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Most of 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.
Click here to see a page pertaining to the Black River-To-Watertown walking trail.