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Re: “Development in the Spotlight: Beacon, NY

I grew up in Beacon, back when the hat factory was on East Main by the dummy light. My family lived in Mt. Beacon Park, in the south edge of town, just under Mt.Beacon. my father bought one of the first homes for sale there. we used to go blackberry picking in the fields near home that became another subdivision sometime in my adult life (right near Craighouse, the famous mental institution).
When i was young if it snowed too much on Sunday my mother would bundle my little sister and I up and pull us to church on Liberty Street on a wood sled.
My sister and I walked to Grants on Main Street, a mile and a half away. That was back when Beacon had a ski lodge and I vaguly remember taking a ride on the incline railway before it stopped running.
I remember Main Street with its boarded up buildings, dive bars and rundown apartments.
Memories. I would not recognize my hometown now. Most of the old victorian homes are still there, some converted into apartments. The old high school still stands, last i knew it was some arts thing.
Fancy restaurants, gift shops, juice bars line main street now.

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Posted by cathiemarie on 05/21/2019 at 8:12 PM

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