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KPPC: A Journey Through History




Posted on July 19, 2011 at 6:32 AM Comments comments (3)

     Do you have photography that you think would be helpful for my book? Do you want your work to be published giving you full credit? If so, then please contact me before the end of 2011 and I will see if I can use your photos in my book.

     Photos that will be most helpful to me are those of buildings that have already been demolished during the 1960s-2000s, the interior of the barge, undergrounds tunnels, aerial photography, rooftop views from Buildings 7 or 93, photos of the sewage treatment plant, or of the three original wooden structures built before all of the other buildings were added.

     Just for the record I pretty much have all of the photos available at the Kings Park Heritage Museum, so if you acquired the photo from there, do not waste my time or yours. I am looking for original photography that you have done yourself.

The Hospital Grounds

Posted on July 19, 2011 at 6:19 AM Comments comments (5)

     There were many things located on the grounds of the hospital ranging from apple orchards to huge hills of coal and ash from the power plants. In fact, the Potter's Field Cemetery was built atop a hill made up of ash from the second power plant, while an apple orchard was cleared out to make room for the construction of the third power plant.

     Thick wooded areas now surround the derelict buildings of the hospital. Thorn bushes and poison ivy grow rampant making the woods hazardous to venture through. One must be sure to tread carefully when exploring the wilds of the Nissequogue River State Park.

     The boat basin at the canal is still one of the prettiest sections of the park, especially when boats are lined up docked near the old boathouse. However, during the low tide boats must be removed because the water can become as shallow as three inches. An old barge once used to bring coal and building supplies can still be seen beached at the edge of the canal. with a building built onto it that was once used as a yacht club.

     Many roads also entered and crossed through the hospital grounds. Most are closed off to the public now, but at one time they were used on a regular basis by employees and visitors to the state hospital. The main boulevard remains used by the town, but at night entering the park property is frowned upon, as the park closes at dusk.

     Do you have any tales regarding the layout of the land surrounding the hospital buildings? Please, feel free to tell them here. Maybe I can fit it into the book somehow, as I am still open to new ideas.