The Pier at Piermont extends almost a mile out into the Hudson River. This image may have been taken shortly after World War II. The ferry slip is in place and to its left are two abandoned barges. There is a dock for boats at the very end. Street lamps and power poles stick up above the roadway and vegetation. In the background is the Village of Piermont. Courtesy Nyack Library Local History Room.
Piermont, NY was once the terminus of the longest railroad in the world - the Erie Railroad. Hampered by rules about railroads crossing state lines, the Erie RR built a pier nearly a mile long across the marshy bay at Piermont and out to the deeper parts of the Hudson River, where steamboats could pick up passengers and take them on to New York City.
To learn more about the fascinating history of the pier, check out this short video produced by the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, whose Hudson River Field Station is located in Piermont.
You can learn more about the history of Piermont Pier, especially its role in World War II from the Piermont Historical Society.
Some of the older portions of the pier were also historical hazards, as the Tugboat "Osceola" found out in 1903.
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