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Ned McGowan

About Ned McGowan

An unswerving crusader for justice.

Andrew McGown, 85, killed while crossing the railroad tracks (1870)

Fifteen years after his son Benson was crushed to death while driving an express wagon at Third Avenue and 83rd Street, Andrew McGowan (b. 1785) died while crossing the New Haven Railroad tracks near his house at East 127th Street. … Continue reading

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Steps to the Conservatory Greenhouses

Some time back we came across a trove of 1890s photographs showing the wide wooden steps leading down from Mount St. Vincent’s Hotel (or McGown’s Pass Tavern) to the Conservatory Gardens. We can’t find them anymore, but this 1900 wintertime … Continue reading

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An Untimely Death from 1855

FATAL ACCIDENT Coroner GAMBLE yesterday held an inquest on the body of BENSON McGOWAN, aged 22 years, of One Hundred and Twenty-seventh street, near Third-avenue, who came by his death from accidental causes as follows: While deceased, who was express … Continue reading

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“I don’t think the British are EVER coming!”

View from Fort Fish at McGowan’s Pass looking towards Haerlem, as artist J. J. Holland inscribes it. You can see Nutter’s Battery in the distance on the left and Fort Clinton on the right, as well as about a dozen … Continue reading

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