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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United States Migration Internal|Migration]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[US Migration Trails and Roads|Trails and Roads]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[New York|New York]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Catskill_Turnpike|Catskill Turnpike]]''  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[United States Migration Internal|Migration]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[US Migration Trails and Roads|Trails and Roads]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[New York|New York]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Catskill_Turnpike|Catskill Turnpike]]''  
  
[[Image:Catskill Turnpike.png|645px]]The '''Catskill Turnpike''', also known as the '''''Susquehanna Turnpike''''', and sometimes identified with the '''''Forbidden Path'''''<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.'' (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 849. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry];  {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref> started on the Hudson River at Catskill in Greene County, skirted the north side of the Catskill Mountains and worked its way westward through upstate New York to Unadilla (formerly Wattle's Ferry) on the Susquehanna River in 1804. From there New York State extended it to Ithaca in 1806, and Bath about 1808. Later extensions not normally called the Catskill Turnpike took travelers into Erie County, New York, or followed part of the old Indian Forbidden Path and beyond to Erie, Pennsylvania. Each end of the Catskill Turnpike connected to other important migration pathways. The length of the Catskill Turnpike from Catskill to Bath was about 207 miles (333 km).<ref>Route length in miles and kilometers calculated in MapQuest.com.</ref> For the route from Bath to Buffalo add 102 miles (165 km). From Bath to Erie, Pennsylvania is an additional 169 miles (272 km).<br><br>  
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[[Image:Catskill Turnpike.png|645px]]The '''Catskill Turnpike''', also known as the '''''Susquehanna Turnpike''''', and sometimes identified with the '''''Forbidden Path'''''<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.'' (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 849. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry];  {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref> started on the Hudson River at Catskill in Greene County, skirted the north side of the Catskill Mountains and worked its way westward through upstate New York to Unadilla (formerly Wattle's Ferry) on the Susquehanna River in 1804. From there New York State extended it to Ithaca in 1806, and Bath about 1808. Later extensions not normally called the Catskill Turnpike took travelers into Erie County, New York, or followed part of the old Indian Forbidden Path and beyond to Erie, Pennsylvania. Each end of the Catskill Turnpike connected to other important migration pathways. The length of the Catskill Turnpike from Catskill to Bath was about 207 miles (333 km).<ref>Route length in miles and kilometers calculated in MapQuest.com at http://www.mapquest.com/.</ref> For the route from Bath to Buffalo add 102 miles (165 km). From Bath to Erie, Pennsylvania is an additional 169 miles (272 km).<br><br>  
  
 
=== Background History  ===
 
=== Background History  ===
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'''''Feeder routes.''''' Emigrants reached the Catskill Turnpike along three main routes. First, they came up the Hudson River Valley by boat or via the [[Albany Post Road|Albany Post Road]]. Second, they came along the [[Catskill Road|Catskill Road]]<ref>''Handybook'', 848.</ref> (later Ancram Turnpike<ref name="Ancr">"Map and  Timeline: 1800 to 2020 (and Beyond)" in Susquehanna Turnpike.org at http://www.susquehannaturnpike.net/15901.html (accessed 28 December 2011).</ref>) from Springfield, Massachusetts to Catskill, New York. Third, there was also stagecoach service on the [[Greenwood Road|Greenwood Road]]<ref>''Handybook'', 850.</ref> from Hartford, Connecticut to Albany which could drop them off near Catskill.  
 
'''''Feeder routes.''''' Emigrants reached the Catskill Turnpike along three main routes. First, they came up the Hudson River Valley by boat or via the [[Albany Post Road|Albany Post Road]]. Second, they came along the [[Catskill Road|Catskill Road]]<ref>''Handybook'', 848.</ref> (later Ancram Turnpike<ref name="Ancr">"Map and  Timeline: 1800 to 2020 (and Beyond)" in Susquehanna Turnpike.org at http://www.susquehannaturnpike.net/15901.html (accessed 28 December 2011).</ref>) from Springfield, Massachusetts to Catskill, New York. Third, there was also stagecoach service on the [[Greenwood Road|Greenwood Road]]<ref>''Handybook'', 850.</ref> from Hartford, Connecticut to Albany which could drop them off near Catskill.  
  
'''''Footpath to Turnpike.''''' By 1769 European settlers were following an early pathway from Catskill to Ithaca which eventually became the Catskill Turnpike.<ref>Archer Butler Hulbert, ''Pioneer Roads and Experiences of Travelers'', vol. 2, Historic Highways of America, vol. 12  (Cleveland, Ohio: Arthur H. Clark Co., 1904), 144. Google books [{{PionRoad}} online copy]; {{WorldCat|9316729|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.</ref> In 1800 the New York legislature commissioned several turnpikes (toll roads), inspectors, mail, and stagecoach service to improve roads from the Hudson River to the Susquehanna River. Tolls were to be collected at gates every ten miles. As traffic grew, inns were soon established every few miles to provide the beverages, food, and lodging needed for people and animals.<ref name="Gall" />  
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'''''Footpath to turnpike.''''' By 1769 European settlers were following an early pathway from Catskill to Ithaca which eventually became the Catskill Turnpike.<ref>Archer Butler Hulbert, ''Pioneer Roads and Experiences of Travelers'', vol. 2, Historic Highways of America, vol. 12  (Cleveland, Ohio: Arthur H. Clark Co., 1904), 144. Google books [{{PionRoad}} online copy]; {{WorldCat|9316729|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.</ref> In 1800 the New York legislature commissioned several turnpikes (toll roads), inspectors, mail, and stagecoach service to improve roads from the Hudson River to the Susquehanna River. Stock companies were formed to raise the money, build, and maintain these higher quality roads. Tolls were to be collected at gates every ten miles to repay the stock companies. As traffic grew, inns were soon established every few miles to provide the beverages, food, and lodging needed for people and animals.<ref name="Gall" />  
  
One of the roads from the Hudson to the Susquehanna was called the '''''Ulster and Delaware Turnpike''''' (or '''''Jericho''''', or '''''Esopus Turnpike''''') and went from Rhinebeck-Kingston to Bainbridge (formerly Jericho). Another called the '''''Susquehanna Turnpike''''' went from Catskill to Unadilla, a few miles from Bainbridge. Stock companies were formed to raise the money, build, and maintain the roads. In 1804 the legislature authorized an extension called the '''Catskill Turnpike''' (or '''''Bath Turnpike'''''<ref>Almyra E. Morgan, ''The Catskill Turnpike: a Wilderness Path'' (Ithaca, NY : DeWitt Historical Society offckLRof Tompkins County, 1971), 5. Tompkins County Public Library [http://tcpl.org/local-history/documents/nys-cny/Catskill_Turnpike.pdf digital pdf copy]; {{WorldCat|63600251|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.</ref>) from the end of the Ulster and Delaware Turnpike at Baibridge west to Bath. The Catskill Turnpike name eventually also became associated with the route from Bainbridge-Unadilla to Catskill.<ref name="Gall" /> In 1804 twice a week mail service was started between Catskill, New York, and Athens, Pennsylvania, the eastern end of the '''''Forbidden Path''''', the probable explanation for the Catskill Turnpike being associated with the Forbidden Path.<ref name="Ancr" />  
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'''''Overlapping trail names.''''' The original pathway from Springfield, Massachusetts to Unadilla, New York was called the ''Catskill Road''. When the legislature upgraded the Catskill-to-Unadilla section they called it the ''Susquehanna Turnpike''. But when the turnpike was extended west to Bath the whole west-side-of-the-river road was renamed the ''Catskill Turnpike'' (or ''Bath Turnpike''). At the same time the east side of the river was renamed the ''Ancram Turnpike''.<ref>Almyra E. Morgan, ''The Catskill Turnpike: a Wilderness Path'' (Ithaca, NY : DeWitt Historical Society of Tompkins County, 1971), 5. Tompkins County Public Library [http://tcpl.org/local-history/documents/nys-cny/Catskill_Turnpike.pdf digital pdf copy]; {{WorldCat|63600251|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.</ref> During the same period, the legislature commissioned the upgrade of a different, connected road starting farther to the south at Kingston (on the Hudson River). It went west to Bainbridge (near Unadilla) and was called the ''Ulster and Delaware Turnpike'' (or ''Jericho'', or ''Esopus Turnpike'')<ref name="Gall" /> Also, in 1804 twice a week mail service was started from Catskill, New York, partly following the Catskill Turnpike but to Athens, Pennsylvania, the eastern end of the Seneca Indians' ''Forbidden Path''. This probably explains why the Catskill Turnpike is also associated with the Forbidden Path.<ref name="Ancr" />
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'''''Stagecoaches and drovers.''''' Stagecoaches usually took four days and nights to drive from Ithaca to Catskill. This service continued year around even in the snow. Some years the traffic was so heavy two passenger coaches were hitched together followed by a baggage wagon. Before the railroads, cattle drovers also commonly used the turnpike to take their herds a few miles a day to market usually in Dutchess County.<ref name="Gall" />  
  
Stagecoaches usually took four days and nights to drive from Ithaca to Catskill. This service continued year around even in the snow. Some years the traffic was so heavy two passenger coaches were hitched together followed by a baggage wagon. Before the railroads, cattle drovers also used the turnpike to take their herds to market usually in Dutchess County.<ref name="Gall" />
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'''''Rise and fall.''''' Soon after it was built the turnpike began to turn a profit. It was most prosperous from 1820 to 1830. Competition from railroads and the Erie Canal was responsible for a decline in turnpike traffic and revenues after 1830. Maintenance on the western parts of the road was abandoned by the stock company (becoming a NY public road), and the number of toll gates in Greene County was gradually reduced from ten in 1830, to five in 1842, and three in 1884.<ref>J. G. Beers, "The Susquehanna Turnpike" (1884) appearing in Susquehanna Turnpike.org at http://www.susquehannaturnpike.net/15301/index.html (accessed 28 December 2011).</ref> Stagecoach service was discontinued in 1850 when the Erie Railroad built through to Owego.<ref>Morgan, 14.</ref>  
 
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Soon after it was built the turnpike began to turn a profit. It was most prosperous from 1820 to 1830. Competition from railroads and the Erie Canal was responsible for a decline in turnpike traffic and revenues after 1830. The western parts of the road were abandoned by the stock company, and the number of toll gates in Greene County was gradually reduced from ten in 1830, to five in 1842, and three in 1884.<ref>J. G. Beers, "The Susquehanna Turnpike" (1884) appearing in Susquehanna Turnpike.org at http://www.susquehannaturnpike.net/15301/index.html (accessed 28 December 2011).</ref> Stagecoach service was discontinued in 1850 when the Erie Railroad built through to Owego.<ref>Morgan, 14.</ref>  
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=== Route  ===
 
=== Route  ===
  
The counties along the Catskill Turnpike route (east to west) were as follows:<ref name="HBG" />  
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The counties along the '''''Catskill Turnpike''''' route (east to west) were as follows:<ref name="HBG" />  
  
 
:*[[Greene County, New York|Greene County]]  
 
:*[[Greene County, New York|Greene County]]  
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:*[[Delaware County, New York|Delaware County]]  
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:*[[Schoharie County, New York|Schoharie County]]  
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:*[[Otsego County, New York|Otsego County]]  
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:*[[Chenango County, New York|Chenango County]]
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:*[[Broome County, New York|Broome County]]
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:*[[Tioga County, New York|Tioga County]]
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:*[[Tompkins County, New York|Tompkins County]]
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:*[[Schuyler County, New York|Schuyler County]]
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:*[[Steuben County, New York|Steuben County]]
  
The Catskill Turnpike was later extended westward. Counties along the northwest fork of the extension (east to west) were:<ref>"Great Genesee Road" in ''Handybook'', 849.</ref>  
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The road was later extended westward. Counties along the northwest fork of the extension (east to west) were:<ref>''Handybook'', 849.</ref>  
  
 
:*[[Steuben County, New York|Steuben County]]  
 
:*[[Steuben County, New York|Steuben County]]  
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:*[[Erie County, New York|Erie County]]
 
:*[[Erie County, New York|Erie County]]
  
'''Connecting trails.''' The Catskill Turnpike linked to other trails at each end.<ref>''Handybook'', 847-54.</ref>  
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Counties along the west fork of the extension (east to west) were:<ref>''Handybook'', 849.</ref>
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:*[[Steuben County, New York|Steuben County]]
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:*[[Allegany County, New York|Allegany County]]
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:*[[Cattaraugus County, New York|Cattaraugus County]]
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:*[[Chautauqua County, New York|Chautauqua County]]
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:*[[Erie County, Pennsylvania|Erie County, Pennsylvania]]
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'''Connecting trails.''' The Catskill Turnpike linked to other trails at each end and in the middle.<ref>''Handybook'', 847-54.</ref>  
  
 
The migration pathways connected at the east end of the '''Catskill Turnpike''' in [[Catskill, New York]] included:  
 
The migration pathways connected at the east end of the '''Catskill Turnpike''' in [[Catskill, New York]] included:  
 
:*[[Catskill Road or Ancram Turnpike]]<ref name="Ancr" />
 
  
 
:*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson_River Hudson River] a navigable river stretching from north of [[Albany, New York|Albany]] then flowing south to empty into the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_Ocean Atlantic Ocean] at [[New York City, New York|New York City]]  
 
:*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson_River Hudson River] a navigable river stretching from north of [[Albany, New York|Albany]] then flowing south to empty into the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_Ocean Atlantic Ocean] at [[New York City, New York|New York City]]  
:*[[Catskill_Turnpike|Catskill Turnpike]] 1722 from [[Albany, New York|Albany]] to [[Utica, New York|Utica]] to [[Rome, New York|Rome]] to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Oswego Fort Oswego] on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Ontario Lake Ontario]
 
::*with a Catskill Turnpike west fork by 1758 from [[Utica, New York|Utica]] to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Niagara Fort Niagara]
 
::*and that fork was partially overlapped in 1794 by the [[Great Genesee Road]] from [[Utica, New York|Utica]] to [[Buffalo, New York|Buffalo]], [[Erie County, New York]]
 
:*[[Forbidden Path]] (later Catskill Turnpike) a pre-historic Indian path from [[Albany, New York|Albany]] to [[Buffalo, New York|Buffalo]] on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Erie Lake Erie]
 
:*[[Old Connecticut Path]] a pre-historic Indian path from [[Boston, Massachusetts]] to [[Springfield, Massachusetts]] to [[Albany, New York|Albany]] with a fork from Springfield to [[Hartford, Connecticut]]
 
 
:*[[Albany Post Road|Albany Post Road]] (or Queen's Road, or King's Road) 1669 from [[Albany, New York|Albany]] to [[New York City, New York|New York City]]  
 
:*[[Albany Post Road|Albany Post Road]] (or Queen's Road, or King's Road) 1669 from [[Albany, New York|Albany]] to [[New York City, New York|New York City]]  
:*[[Greenwood Road]] from [[Hartford, Connecticut]] to [[Albany, New York|Albany]]  
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:*[[Greenwood Road]] 1600s from [[Hartford, Connecticut]] to [[Albany, New York|Albany]]  
:*[[Champlain Canal]] 1819 connected the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson_River Hudson River] to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Champlain Lake Champlain] (New York City to Montreal)
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:*[[Catskill Road]] (or Ancram Turnpike<ref name="Ancr" />) before 1766 from [[Springfield, Massachusetts]] to [[Catskill, New York]]
:*[[Erie Canal]] 1825 connected [[Albany, New York|Albany]] to [[Buffalo, New York|Buffalo]] on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Erie Lake Erie] (New York City to the Great Lakes)
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:*[[Catskill_Turnpike|Catskill Turnpike]] 1804 from [[Catskill, New York]] to [[Bath, New York]] with extensions to [[Buffalo, New York]], or [[Erie, Pennsylvania]]
  
The migration pathway connected at the end of the northwest extension in Buffalo included:  
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The migration pathways connected in the middle of the '''Catskill Turnpike''' included:  
  
:*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Ontario Lake Ontario] with connections to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto,_Ontario Toronto, Ontario], the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Lawrence_River St. Lawrence River] and the other [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Lakes Great Lakes]  
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:*[[Lehigh and Lackawanna Paths]] 1766 from [[Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]] to [[Unadilla, New York]].  
:*[[Catskill_Turnpike|Catskill Turnpike]] 1722 from [[Albany, New York|Albany]] to [[Utica, New York|Utica]] to [[Rome, New York|Rome]] to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Oswego Fort Oswego] on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Ontario Lake Ontario]
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:*Ulster and Delaware Turnpike (also Jericho Turnpike, or Esopus Turnpike) 1804 from [[Kingston, New York]] to [[Bainbridge, New York]]
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:*[[Forbidden Path]] a pre-historic Indian path from [[Athens, Pennsyvania]] to [[Salamanca, New York]]  
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:*[[Catskill_Turnpike|Catskill Turnpike]] 1804 from [[Catskill, New York]] to [[Bath, New York]] with extensions to [[Buffalo, New York]], or [[Erie, Pennsylvania]]
  
:'''West Fork.''' The migration pathways connected at the east end of the '''Catskill Turnpike''' (west fork) in [[Utica, New York|Utica]] included:
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The migration pathways connected at the west end of the road in [[Buffalo, New York]] included:  
  
::*[[Catskill_Turnpike|Catskill Turnpike]] by 1758 from [[Albany, New York|Albany]] to [[Utica, New York|Utica]] to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Niagara Fort Niagara]  
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:*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Erie Lake Erie] with connections to the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Lawrence_River St. Lawrence River] and the other [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Lakes Great Lakes]  
::*[[Great Genesee Road|Great Genesee Road]] 1794 from [[Utica, New York|Utica]] to [[Caledonia, New York|Caledonia]] and later [[Buffalo, New York|Buffalo]]  
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:*[[Lake Shore Path]] from [[Buffalo, New York]] to [[Cleveland, Ohio]]
::*[[Erie Canal]] 1825 from [[Albany, New York|Albany]] to [[Utica, New York|Utica]] to [[Buffalo, New York|Buffalo]]
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:*[[Great Genesee Road|Great Genesee Road]] 1794 from [[Utica, New York|Utica]] to [[Caledonia, New York|Caledonia]] and later [[Buffalo, New York|Buffalo]]  
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:*[[Catskill_Turnpike|Catskill Turnpike]] 1804 from [[Catskill, New York]] to [[Bath, New York]] or extensions to [[Buffalo, New York]], or [[Erie, Pennsylvania]]
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:*[[Erie Canal]] 1825 connected [[Albany, New York|Albany]] to [[Buffalo, New York|Buffalo]] on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Erie Lake Erie] (New York City to the Great Lakes)
  
:The migration pathways connected at the west end of the '''Catskill Turnpike''' (west fork) in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Niagara Fort Niagara] included:
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The migration pathways connected at the west end of the road in [[Erie, Pennsylvania]] included:  
  
::*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Erie Lake Erie] with connections to [[Buffalo, New York|Buffalo]], [[Cleveland, Ohio|Cleveland]], [[Toledo, Ohio|Toledo]], and [[Detroit, Michigan|Detroit]]
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:*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Erie Lake Erie] with connections to the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Lawrence_River St. Lawrence River] and the other [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Lakes Great Lakes]  
::*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niagara_River Niagara River] with connections to [[Buffalo, New York|Buffalo]], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Niagara Fort Niagara], and [[Ontario|Ontario]] in [[Canada|Canada]]
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:*[[Lake Shore Path]] 1792 from [[Buffalo, New York]] to [[Cleveland, Ohio]]  
::*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Ontario Lake Ontario] with connections to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto,_Ontario Toronto, Ontario], the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Lawrence_River St. Lawrence River] and the other [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Lakes Great Lakes]  
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:*[[Catskill_Turnpike|Catskill Turnpike]] 1804 from [[Catskill, New York]] to [[Bath, New York]] with extensions to [[Buffalo, New York]], or [[Erie, Pennsylvania]]
::*[[Catskill_Turnpike|Catskill Turnpike]] by 1758 from [[Albany, New York|Albany]] to [[Utica, New York|Utica]] to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Niagara Fort Niagara]  
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::*[[Great Genesee Road|Great Genesee Road]] 1794 from [[Utica, New York|Utica]] to [[Caledonia, New York|Caledonia]] and later [[Buffalo, New York|Buffalo]]
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::*[[Erie Canal]] 1825 from [[Albany, New York|Albany]] to [[Utica, New York|Utica]] to [[Buffalo, New York|Buffalo]]  
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::*[[Shore Line Path]] from [[Buffalo, New York]] to [[Cleveland, Ohio]]  
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::*pathways into [[Ontario]], Canada including the extension of the Iroquois Trail westward along the south side of Lake Ontario
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'''Modern parallels.''' The modern roads that roughly match the Catskill Turnpike from Albany to Fort Oswego are:  
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'''Modern parallels.''' The modern roads that roughly match the Catskill Turnpike from Catskill to Bath are:<ref>Route information from MapQuest.com at http://www.mapquest.com/.</ref>
  
:*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_State_Route_5 New York State Route 5] from Albany to Deerfield (near Utica)
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:*Take New York RT-23 northwest from Catskill to Oneonta
:*New York State 49 from Deerfield (near Utica) to Rome
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:*At Oneonta take New York RT-7 southwest to Bainbridge
:*where it becomes New York State 69 from Rome to Mexico
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:*In Bainbridge take New York RT-206 west to Whitney Point
:*turn west onto New York State 104 from Mexico to Oswego
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:*From Whitney Point take New York RT-79 west toward Watkins Glen
 
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:*RT-79 becomes RT-414 briefly. From near Watkins Glen head west for Tyrone on CR-23.  
The modern roads that roughly match the '''''west fork''''' of the Catskill Turnpike to Fort Niagara are:
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:*Continue past Tyrone until it becomes Birdeye-Waneta and Birdeye-Holw.
 
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:*Turn left on RT-87 southwest towards Hammondsport where it turns into RT-54 southwest to Bath.
:*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_State_Route_5 New York State Route 5] from Albany to two miles east of Sherrill, Oneida County
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:*two miles east of Sherrill turn northeast on New York State Route 31 from near Sherrill to the outskirts of Lockport, Niagara County
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:*at the outskirts of Lockport, turn northeast on Cold Springs Road which becomes Old Niagara Road which becomes Stone Road
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:*which merges into westbound New York State Route 93 from Lockport to Fort Niagara
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=== Settlers and Records  ===
 
=== Settlers and Records  ===
  
Early settlers in central New York most likely traveled there via [[Albany, New York|Albany]]. Albany was a hub of pathways from [[New York City, New York|New York City]], [[Vermont]], [[Connecticut]], [[Massachusetts]], [[Pennsylvania]], and [[Quebec]]. Probably the largest group to settle were New Englanders, many from Vermont. But people from almost every part of the eastern seaboard and Europe also were common in the area.  
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Early settlers in central New York most likely traveled there from [[Connecticut]], and [[Massachusetts]]. But people from almost every part of the eastern seaboard and Europe also were common in the area.  
  
Many of the New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania [[American Loyalists|Loyalists]] who fled to [[Ontario]] during or shortly after the American Revolution followed the Catskill Turnpike. For a list of over 300 Loyalist families is the Niagara area of Ontario see:
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No complete list of settlers in New York who used the '''Catskill Turnpike''' is known to exist. Nevertheless, local and county histories along that trail may reveal pioneer settlers who arrived 1722 to 1850, and therefore who were the most likely candidates to have traveled the Catskill Turnpike.  
  
*Norman K. Crowder, "1784-1785 Niagara Return" ''Early Ontario Settlers: A Source Book'' (Baltimore: Genealogical Publ., 1993), 132-42. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/28416689 WorldCat entry]. {{FHL|632644|item|disp=FHL Book 971.3 H29c}}.
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For partial lists of early settlers who may have used the Catskill Turnpike, see local histories like:  
  
No complete list of settlers in New York who used the '''Catskill Turnpike''' is known to exist. Nevertheless, local and county histories along that trail may reveal pioneer settlers who arrived 1722 to 1850, and therefore who were the most likely candidates to have traveled the Great Genesee Road or Seneca Turnpike.
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'''''Delaware County'''''  
  
For partial lists of early settlers who may have used the Catskill Turnpike, see histories like:  
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*Lena O. B. Tiffany, ''Pioneers of the Beaverkill Valley'' (Laurens, N.Y.: Village Printer, 1979). {{WorldCat|2927088|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|321596|item|disp=FHL Book 974.7 H2tL}}.
  
'''''Oswego County'''''  
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'''''Chenango County'''''  
  
*Crisfield Johnson, ''History of Oswego County, New York, 1789-1877&nbsp;: with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers'' (Philadelphia&nbsp;: L.H. Everts, 1877). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1302975 WorldCat entry]. {{FHL|287027|item|disp=FHL Film 874492}}. Indexed in ''Index to History of Oswego County, New York'' (Salt Lake City&nbsp;: Family History Library, 1991). {{FHL|135331|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6087924 (4 fiche); Book 974.767 H2j index}}.
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*James Hadden Smith, ''History of Chenango and Madison Counties, New York: with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers'' (Syracuse, N.Y.: D. Mason &amp; Co., 1880). [https://dcms.lds.org/view/action/ieViewer.do?from_proxy=true&dps_pid=IE46550&dps_dvs=1326233983493~433&dps_pid=IE46550&change_lng=en Church History Catalog online copy]; {{WorldCat|2660539|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|180747|item|disp=FHL Book 974.7 H2smh}}.
  
'''''Oneida County'''''  
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'''''Tompkins County'''''  
  
*Samuel W. Durant, ''History of Oneida County, New York&nbsp;: with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers'' (Microreproduction of original published: Philadelphia&nbsp;: Everts &amp; Fariss, 1878). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/15238689 WorldCat entry]. {{FHL|240000|item|disp=FHL Film 823718}}.
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*Carol Kammen, ''The Peopling of Tompkins County: a Social History'' (Interlaken, N.Y.: Heart of The Lakes Publishing, 1985). {{WorldCat|12421247|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|421529|item|disp=FHL Book 974.771 H2k}}.
  
'''''Niagara County'''''  
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'''''Steuben County'''''  
  
*Samuel T. Wiley and W. Scott Garner, ''Biographical and portrait cyclopedia of Niagara County, New York'' (Microreproduction of original published: Philadelphia&nbsp;: Gresham Pub. Co., 1892). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/3009409 WorldCat entry]. {{FHL|317821|item|disp=FHL Film 317821 Item 4}}.
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*Irvin W. Near, ''A History of Steuben County, New York and Its People'' (Microreproduction of original published: Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1911). {{WorldCat|5932636|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|60159|item|disp=FHL Film 889425}}.
  
 
=== External Links  ===
 
=== External Links  ===
  
*[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gentutor/trails.html#Mohawk Mohawk (Iroquois) Trail] RootsWeb description of the route and a brief history.
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*Joan Odess, [http://www.powerofhistory.org/industry/article/the_susquehanna_turnpike/ The Susquehanna Turnpike] History 1750s-1790s, 1800-1806, construction, tollgates, commerce, decline.  
*[http://inheritage.ca/2010-06-06-04-18-02/local-history/2010-06-24-02-13-52.html Iroquois Trail] Heritage Village, Vineland, Ontario brief description of the Canadian part.  
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*[http://www.susquehannaturnpike.net/index2.html SusquehannaTurnpike.org] brief history, map and timeline, oral histories, images.  
*[http://www.schenectadyhistory.org/resources/mvgw/history/101.html History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925] focuses most on modern Mohawk Turnpike.
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*[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tqpeiffer/Documents/Ancestral%20Migration%20Archives/Migration%20Webpage%20Folder/(1)%20NORTHEASTERN%20US%20ROUTES/Catskill%20Turnpike.htm Catskill / Susquehanna Turnpike] RootsWeb history and road segment descriptions.  
 
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*Lyman H. Gallagher, [http://www.crookedlakereview.com/articles/136_167/137fall2005/137palmer2.html The Catskill Turnpike in Stage Coach and Tavern Days] History, milestones, tollgates, Governor Clinton, taverns, stagecoaches, militia, and drovers.
:The Great Genesee Road partially overlaps the Catskill Turnpike.
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:*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_State_Route_5 New York State Route 5] Wikipedia's excellent brief history of New York roads, especially the Great Genesee Road.  
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:*[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tqpeiffer/Documents/Ancestral%20Migration%20Archives/Migration%20Webpage%20Folder/%281%29%20NORTHEASTERN%20US%20ROUTES/Great%20Genesee%20Road.htm The Great Genesee Road] RootsWeb brief history and maps.  
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:*[http://www.co.seneca.ny.us/history/The%20Way%20West%20Through%20Northern%20Seneca%20County.pdf The Way West Through Northern Seneca County] good history of roads, canals, and railroads in Seneca County.
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Catskill Turnpike.pngThe Catskill Turnpike, also known as the Susquehanna Turnpike, and sometimes identified with the Forbidden Path[1] started on the Hudson River at Catskill in Greene County, skirted the north side of the Catskill Mountains and worked its way westward through upstate New York to Unadilla (formerly Wattle's Ferry) on the Susquehanna River in 1804. From there New York State extended it to Ithaca in 1806, and Bath about 1808. Later extensions not normally called the Catskill Turnpike took travelers into Erie County, New York, or followed part of the old Indian Forbidden Path and beyond to Erie, Pennsylvania. Each end of the Catskill Turnpike connected to other important migration pathways. The length of the Catskill Turnpike from Catskill to Bath was about 207 miles (333 km).[2] For the route from Bath to Buffalo add 102 miles (165 km). From Bath to Erie, Pennsylvania is an additional 169 miles (272 km).

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Background History

Significance. The Catskill Turnpike was an important early route for New England emigrants headed to western New York and beyond. In the 20 years after it was built about 300,000 people mostly from New England settled in the counties along the Catskill Turnpike and its extensions. Other emigrants moved along the turnpike toward Ohio.[3]

Feeder routes. Emigrants reached the Catskill Turnpike along three main routes. First, they came up the Hudson River Valley by boat or via the Albany Post Road. Second, they came along the Catskill Road[4] (later Ancram Turnpike[5]) from Springfield, Massachusetts to Catskill, New York. Third, there was also stagecoach service on the Greenwood Road[6] from Hartford, Connecticut to Albany which could drop them off near Catskill.

Footpath to turnpike. By 1769 European settlers were following an early pathway from Catskill to Ithaca which eventually became the Catskill Turnpike.[7] In 1800 the New York legislature commissioned several turnpikes (toll roads), inspectors, mail, and stagecoach service to improve roads from the Hudson River to the Susquehanna River. Stock companies were formed to raise the money, build, and maintain these higher quality roads. Tolls were to be collected at gates every ten miles to repay the stock companies. As traffic grew, inns were soon established every few miles to provide the beverages, food, and lodging needed for people and animals.[3]

Overlapping trail names. The original pathway from Springfield, Massachusetts to Unadilla, New York was called the Catskill Road. When the legislature upgraded the Catskill-to-Unadilla section they called it the Susquehanna Turnpike. But when the turnpike was extended west to Bath the whole west-side-of-the-river road was renamed the Catskill Turnpike (or Bath Turnpike). At the same time the east side of the river was renamed the Ancram Turnpike.[8] During the same period, the legislature commissioned the upgrade of a different, connected road starting farther to the south at Kingston (on the Hudson River). It went west to Bainbridge (near Unadilla) and was called the Ulster and Delaware Turnpike (or Jericho, or Esopus Turnpike)[3] Also, in 1804 twice a week mail service was started from Catskill, New York, partly following the Catskill Turnpike but to Athens, Pennsylvania, the eastern end of the Seneca Indians' Forbidden Path. This probably explains why the Catskill Turnpike is also associated with the Forbidden Path.[5]

Stagecoaches and drovers. Stagecoaches usually took four days and nights to drive from Ithaca to Catskill. This service continued year around even in the snow. Some years the traffic was so heavy two passenger coaches were hitched together followed by a baggage wagon. Before the railroads, cattle drovers also commonly used the turnpike to take their herds a few miles a day to market usually in Dutchess County.[3]

Rise and fall. Soon after it was built the turnpike began to turn a profit. It was most prosperous from 1820 to 1830. Competition from railroads and the Erie Canal was responsible for a decline in turnpike traffic and revenues after 1830. Maintenance on the western parts of the road was abandoned by the stock company (becoming a NY public road), and the number of toll gates in Greene County was gradually reduced from ten in 1830, to five in 1842, and three in 1884.[9] Stagecoach service was discontinued in 1850 when the Erie Railroad built through to Owego.[10]

Route

The counties along the Catskill Turnpike route (east to west) were as follows:[1]

The road was later extended westward. Counties along the northwest fork of the extension (east to west) were:[11]

Counties along the west fork of the extension (east to west) were:[12]

Connecting trails. The Catskill Turnpike linked to other trails at each end and in the middle.[13]

The migration pathways connected at the east end of the Catskill Turnpike in Catskill, New York included:

The migration pathways connected in the middle of the Catskill Turnpike included:

The migration pathways connected at the west end of the road in Buffalo, New York included:

The migration pathways connected at the west end of the road in Erie, Pennsylvania included:

Modern parallels. The modern roads that roughly match the Catskill Turnpike from Catskill to Bath are:[14]

  • Take New York RT-23 northwest from Catskill to Oneonta
  • At Oneonta take New York RT-7 southwest to Bainbridge
  • In Bainbridge take New York RT-206 west to Whitney Point
  • From Whitney Point take New York RT-79 west toward Watkins Glen
  • RT-79 becomes RT-414 briefly. From near Watkins Glen head west for Tyrone on CR-23.
  • Continue past Tyrone until it becomes Birdeye-Waneta and Birdeye-Holw.
  • Turn left on RT-87 southwest towards Hammondsport where it turns into RT-54 southwest to Bath.

Settlers and Records

Early settlers in central New York most likely traveled there from Connecticut, and Massachusetts. But people from almost every part of the eastern seaboard and Europe also were common in the area.

No complete list of settlers in New York who used the Catskill Turnpike is known to exist. Nevertheless, local and county histories along that trail may reveal pioneer settlers who arrived 1722 to 1850, and therefore who were the most likely candidates to have traveled the Catskill Turnpike.

For partial lists of early settlers who may have used the Catskill Turnpike, see local histories like:

Delaware County

Chenango County

Tompkins County

Steuben County

External Links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 849. WorldCat entry; FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Route length in miles and kilometers calculated in MapQuest.com at http://www.mapquest.com/.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Lyman H. Gallagher, "The Catskill Turnpike in Stage Coach and Tavern Days," Crooked Lake Review (Fall 2005) at http://www.crookedlakereview.com/articles/136_167/137fall2005/137palmer2.html (accessed 28 December 2011).
  4. Handybook, 848.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Map and Timeline: 1800 to 2020 (and Beyond)" in Susquehanna Turnpike.org at http://www.susquehannaturnpike.net/15901.html (accessed 28 December 2011).
  6. Handybook, 850.
  7. Archer Butler Hulbert, Pioneer Roads and Experiences of Travelers, vol. 2, Historic Highways of America, vol. 12 (Cleveland, Ohio: Arthur H. Clark Co., 1904), 144. Google books online copy; At various libraries (WorldCat).
  8. Almyra E. Morgan, The Catskill Turnpike: a Wilderness Path (Ithaca, NY : DeWitt Historical Society of Tompkins County, 1971), 5. Tompkins County Public Library digital pdf copy; At various libraries (WorldCat).
  9. J. G. Beers, "The Susquehanna Turnpike" (1884) appearing in Susquehanna Turnpike.org at http://www.susquehannaturnpike.net/15301/index.html (accessed 28 December 2011).
  10. Morgan, 14.
  11. Handybook, 849.
  12. Handybook, 849.
  13. Handybook, 847-54.
  14. Route information from MapQuest.com at http://www.mapquest.com/.