Monthly Archives: June 2011

McGowans Pass, Central Park—the Riverside County, California Version

Off in the desert developments of Murrieta, in California’s Riverside County, there is a posh McMansion enclave called Central Park. And at the northernmost reaches of this development, beyond such roads as Turtle Pond Lane and Boat House Drive, and at … Continue reading

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McGowan’s Hill, circa 1849

We just came across this remarkable etching of Mount St. Vincent’s Academy in an 1880s book on the school’s history (A Descriptive and Historical Sketch of the Academy of Mount St. Vincent… New York, Appleton & Co. 1884) . We … Continue reading

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The Sledge Is Back

Here again is that McGowan sledge we saw earlier, in a Valentine’s Manual etching: Full description reads: Andrew McGowan, of Harlem, New York, has an old sledge, dating as far back as 1783. On the back panel are the letters … Continue reading

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Tavern Was Not McGown House, Says Family Member (1881)

Through the magic of Googlebooks and archive.org, it is possible to find bits and pieces about McGowan’s Pass and the Black Horse Tavern, though these often contradict each other. In the excerpt below, the elderly Mr. S. Benson McGown (1797-1882?) … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Old Gate-House

The 1814 fortifications and gatehouse were thrown together in a few weeks, and this led to some higgledy-piggledy construction (as can still be seen in the last-surviving structure, Blockhouse No. 1 in the North Woods). It also led to a … Continue reading

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