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ndembowski
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I just transcribed and uploaded another of J.B. James recollections of old Riverdale, Kingsbridge, and Spuyten Duyvil. I included a bunch of great photos too.  It has some interesting stuff about how horrible the trains were to ride in the early days.  It also contains a lot of info on the colonial-era houses of the neighborhood (a few of which I referred to in this thread).  It is amazing how many of them survived the Revolution only to be torn down in the 20th century.  There is also a interesting nugget of information at the very end concerning a burial ground for enslaved people in Van Cortlandt Park.  According to James, “a great number of skeletons of former slaves of the Estate were unearthed.” This is the first time I have ever read an attempt to describe the number of skeletons that were exhumed when the railroad was built.