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Ski shed at Thompson Park
Taken on 09/20/07 by Eric H.
Old ski shed at Thompson Park, Watertown
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From Eric H. "
Old shed at the top of the abandoned ski-slope on the Academy Street extension. It sits at the back of the zoo, and is completely boarded up. I remember when they used to close off that street in the winter, but was never up there myself (too young)."
From Bill B. "Old Tow Shed.  I am just old enough to remember the rope tow - literally a motor powered rope which the skiers could grab on to at the bottom of the hill in order to be pulled up to the top. Many years ago."
Derryl J. writes "I do remember the old rope tow, and yes, they did close off the street. This was probably in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It was great fun."
On 10/28/11 evilmonkey writes "I grew up in Watertown and have many fond memories of skiing at that slope.
It closed in the early 80's I believe.
There was just the single rope tow, and 3 somewhat groomed trails, with other more adventurous trails that were forged by some of us who were a little more adventurous, or foolish I suppose.
It was a free area operated by the recreation department and the shack at the top was a heated space that had a attendant/safety person and you could get in and warm up for a few minutes, and get a soda or hot chocolate for a quarter as I recall.
It was lighted for night skiing also, and I can't recall how late it stayed open, but believe it was 10 pm on weekends.
We were also allowed to build jumps and do aerials even on the main slope!
I had several friends break legs there, and guess that liability expenses were likely the demise of this area, along with the road becoming a thoroughfare.
There were always adults around who were skiing enthusiasts themselves, and it was a very safe and wholesome recreation area for the community.
What a gem it was for the city of Watertown, sadly, all good things seem to pass.
Thompson Park remains a wonderful asset for the residents, and I have snowshoed and x country skiied there as recently as 3 years ago.
The North Country is a wonderful place to have grown up, and return to occasionally."
On 1/24/14 Ed writes "I skied at the park in the early 70s when I was a kid. If you grabbed the rope the wrong way it would knock you down, prompting jeers from the crowd. (The correct way was one hand in front and one behind you, slowly gripping the sliding rope till it caught your gloves and yanked you forward.)
The sheer, steep "face" was too frightening to attempt at first, so my first time there I tried the novice trail, where I broke my leg the second time down. Spent the next 3 months in a cast, missing my final year in little league.
But I was at it again the following year, spending hours there with friends, "bombing" the face and barreling down the "expert" trail. Spent a whole evening in the shack one particularly frigid evening, sipping hot cocoa while my more resilient friend braved the -10 chill. Good times. Sad to see that this bit of my past is gone, like so many other things in good old Watertown."
Cistern behind old long barn.
Taken on 09/21/07
Remains of the cistern that was behind the large barn (long demolished) on the old Anthony Farm near Perch River on the state-owned land
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To see the spring house for this farm go to page 3 and to see more pictures go to page 12.  More info about this barn and old pictures of the intact structure at these Nan Dixon pages:  barn, barn1, barn2, barn3, & barn4
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Cistern behind old long barn.
Taken on 09/21/07
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This is on a small raised hill that is behind the barn foundations. The cistern supposedly caught water off the large barn roof for the cows and the house.  Most of the cistern has been pushed in by demolishing many years ago or fell in one it's own.  There are some cave-like spaces under here though.
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Left ramp, old Anthony Barn
Taken on 09/22/07
Looking up at the opposite ramp of old Anthony barn.
I hiked over to the opposite ramp (opposite side from the one shown on page 12).  It took a lot of work, but I finally was able to get through the thick and almost impassable brush.  I looked around the base a bit and found a rusted out old hand saw as well as a moss-encrusted piece of wood, which I assume is part of the barn (both below).
Old saw
Old wood, probably from Anthony Barn
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Left ramp, old Anthony Barn
Taken on 09/22/07
From the top of the left ramp of the old Anthony barn.
The brush is extremely thick at the beginning of the ramp, but at the end there is no brush and there is a clearing on the top of the ramp where the stone most be the thickest.
Click the shot below, this is taken from the top of the ramp, looking directly toward the other side. If you look closely, in the distance you can see the opposite end ramp. The barn covered the whole distance in between.  make sure you take a look at the other ppics on
page 12 and related pics on page 3.
Looking out over the valley where the barn was.
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Small panorama of the ruins of the barn.
Taken on 09/22/07
A small panorama of the ruins of the Anthony Barn.
These are the ruins from the foundation of the left (eastern) side of the Anthony barn.  The edges of the walls stopped quite some distance from the base of the ramps, on both sides.

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Remains of old footbridge at Glen Park
Taken in 2007 by Eric H.
Remains of support for Glen Park footbridge
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JeffCoWiki entry on Glen Park.
For photos of the old mill ruins in Glen Park click here.

Comments from visitors:
From Eric H: "
In 1891, a footbridge spanning from the present village of Glen Park (then known as "Jim Woods' Falls"--the village later took the name of the amusement park as it's own) across the river was built by the Springfield Iron Works of Springfield, MA for the head of the Watertown and Brownville Street Railway Company, Lincoln G. DeCant.
The bridge gave access to a park across the river where everything from picnics to Red & Black football games were held. The 300 foot bridge stood until 1904 when spring floods and ice flows washed it away. The loss of the bridge along with the opening of Thompson Park signaled the demise of the amusement park, which quickly died and the land was sold to a local farmer for use as a pasture.
The support on the far side of the river can easily be seen from the DEC fishing access parking lot near the old fire hall. The support on the village side of the river apparently no longer stands, as I can find no trace of it--it was probably removed during construction of the Glen Park hydro facility."
Old house on the seasonal part of the Glass Road
Taken on 11/19/07
Farmhouse, bad shape.  On the seasonal part of the Glass Road outside of Black River.

There's a barn nearby, but this looks to be more recently used and kept up.
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Old house on the seasonal part of the Glass Road
Taken on 11/19/07
The opposite side.

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Outer Ives Street Road
Taken on 11/27/07
House on Outer Ives Street Road (Route 65, outside of Watertown), roof collapsed.
Thanks to Travis O. for the suggestion and directions.
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From Travis O.
: "I passed that house all the time while I was growing up. I always thought one day I would buy it and fix it up. It seems I may have missed my chance. The last time I drove by it the roof had finally caved in. It looked like it was a tidy little house at one time though."
Outer Ives Street Road
Taken on 11/27/07
A closer shot

Thanks to Travis O. for the suggestion and directions.
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Corner of Floral Drive and Outer Coffeen
Taken on 11/27/07
Corner of Floral Drive and Outer Coffeen Street (Route 12F).

Thanks to Travis O. for the suggestion and directions.
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From Travis O.
: "A seemingly abandoned warehouse-type building that remains in surprisingly good condition year after year. I think the interesting part of it is all the windows. The natural light inside that building must be been great."
From Kim F.: "This is not abandoned, not sure who owns it, but there was a garage sale out of it a few years ago, and I have seen the occasional person there in a pickup truck."
From Rebecca: "Why do you think it is in good shape? Maybe because the owners live across the street.  It used to be a woodworking shop.  There also used to be several big looms that wove rugs in there."
From Dave on 8/26/11 "Was pleasantly surprised to see my "abandoned" shop in your album. Yes, Rebecca, it is in use & I do live across the highway You are correct. It was &, to some extent still is, a woodworking shop. At one time prefab cabins were manufactured there. Also truck racks were made to order. Inside evidence of painting is quite obvious.
I know nothing of looms ever being there. I don't dispute that statement, but I bought it from the original owners and no mention of looms was ever made.
Would be interested in more info."
Corner of Route 75/Adams Road and Route 3 outside of Sackets Harbor
Taken on 11/27/07
A stone schoolhouse in great condition, corner of Route 75/Adams Road and Route 3, outside of Sackets Harbor

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Comments from visitors:
On 4/3/13 Anne writes "The roof on this house was replaced by Gary Beckstead, of Butterville a number of years ago."
On 5/20/13 Tangie Nier writes "I used to live in the yellow house directly next door to this old school house, someone actually lived in it and took care of it then, evidently in the 17 yrs I have been gone, it has become run down. My dad actually attened class in that 1 room school house back in the day!"
Corner of Route 75/Adams Road and Route 3 outside of Sackets Harbor
Taken on 11/27/07
The other side

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Comments from visitors:
From comac1103 (via Flickr.com): "What a cool little school."

From KeenTurtle (via Flickr.com): "Nice perspective."
Corner of Route 75 and Route 145
Taken on 11/27/07
Corner of Route 75/Route 145 and Chestnut Ridge Road, near Sackets. Storage building?

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Michael Road
Taken on 11/27/07
Michael Road, near Smithville.  Possibly a small barn or storage?

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Stone house, Smithville
Taken on 11/27/07
Great old stone house in Smithville.  Not sure how long this was abandoned but I could see what looked like old furniture piled in the windows. 
It was for sale.
Update 11/4/11 - this house is no longer abandoned, see visitor comment under next photo.
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Comments from visitors:
From Rusty W.: "I grew up on the property adjacent to the old stone house in Smithville. The first owner I knew were Mr. and Mrs. Fred Greene..when they passed it sat vacant until a gentleman bought it and refurbished it to period correctness. The parlor walls were a vivid red velvet and it had a large wood burning cook stove. At one time, or as the story goes, it housed the post office in the front room. "
Stone house, Smithville
Taken on 11/27/07
Another side.

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Comments from visitors:
From comac1103 (via Flickr.com): "It is a beautiful home if it wasn't trespassing I would love to go and see what's inside."
Jim writes "This house has great lines and such promise.  I'd love to restore it!"
On 11/04/11 J. Morgan writes "Happy to say the old Smith house in Smithville is not abandoned, my wife and I bought the property August of this year (2011)!  We are currently renovating, we are going to keep it as close to period as possible.  It is going to be a beautiful home to raise our twin daughters, and spend the rest of our lives in!! We are open to any information on the history of the house."
Smithville
Taken on 11/27/07
Barn, Smithville.  Possibly it went with the previous house.

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From Rusty W.: "This barn at one time housed an automotive garage, where stock car racers were built and raced at the old Watertown Fairground Speedway.  Cars were built for 'Flip' Russell. The property was purchased by the Smithville Fire Department (located across the street) for use as a parking lot and possibly a memorial park for deceased members.  I have enclosed a pic of the barn being torn down." 

Here is the photo that Rusty sent me, of the barn readied for demolition:

Taken on 03/28/09
Brick building, Smithville
Taken on 11/27/07
Seemed to be an abandoned brick building, but in fine shape.  Smithville

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Comments from visitors:
From Rusty W.: "The large brick house was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Higgs. It was actually an old hotel, and the mail room/front desk is still intact. The entire second floor is a ballroom, with wonderful hardwood floors. Presently a lady from Massachusetts owns the property and occasionally spends weekends there. Mr. Higgs operated the sawmill/gristmill that used to be behind the present fire hall in the village. "
Pelo Road, Clayton
Taken on 12/06/07 (photo taken with cameraphone)
Pelo Road, Clayton area.
Last time I passed by the roof seemed to be intact but at this time there seems to have been some demolition of the roof.  Update; this seems to have been demolished.  Does anyone have a better picture of this before it was taken down?
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Majic tells me that it was originally going to be a barn. It has been around for 20-30 years, since someone wanted to start a farm there and never completed it for whatever reason. The land used to be owned by someone by the name of Blake, who later sold it to Bach and is now part of the parcel that Bach's Gravel Pit is on.

Kevin B. writes: "It was built years ago as a dairy barn, and the guy actually did have some cattle there for a short time. But, he never made a go of it. The Amish started taking it down a few months ago to salvage the wood. It was a nice looking building before it was torn apart. It was stucco with three dormers on the front. There is a really nice manmade pond just behind that barn. The pond is about 3 acres big with three little islands in the middle of it. Also, some open fields behind it."  He also says that there is a trail through the woods that comes out at the top of Bach's gravel pit.
On 11/25/13 mf writes "I want to live here! This would make an awesome "earthship" structure."
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