Ground Broken on Haverstraw Landslide Memorial

STORY AND PHOTOS BY MICHAEL CAHILL

Haverstraw residents and officials gathered at Bowline Point Park Wednesday morning for the groundbreaking of the Haverstraw Landslide Memorial.

The famous landslide, which was a major factor in shaping the history, character and layout of the village, occurred on January 8, 1906. The landslide claimed the lives of 22 village residents including four volunteer firefighters.

Haverstraw Town Supervisor Howard Philips spoke briefly about the event that rattled the town all those years ago. Philips and other assembled officials then gathered gold shovels to officially break ground on the project.

The memorial will consist of a brick walkway with names emblazoned on donated bricks, and a plaque. If you wish to donate a brick with a name on it contact the Haverstraw Brick Museum at 845-947-3505. The donation cost is $100.