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From: tommy meehan tmeehan0421 AT gmail DOT com
Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2015 10:00:34 -0500
Subject: Goshen Railroad Station
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Ray the collection of Historic American Buildings Survey / Historic
American Engineering Record photographs on the Library of Congress site
must number in the hundreds of thousands if not millions. So no, I'm not
really surprised an occasional captioning error gets in. Not with a
collection of that size.

I discovered the HABS/HAER project is actually administered by the National
Parks Service and the photos (and captions) are provided by contract
photographers. NPS then reviews the material but once it is sent to the
Library of Congress to be added to the website it's pretty much a done
deal. I looked at the site to see how one would go about offering a
correction but other than an "Ask A Librarian" link I didn't see anything.
It occurs to me since it is essentially an NPS project perhaps Pat McKnight
may see this and might know how to go about offering a caption correction.
The correction would also need to be documented and I'm not sure how to do
that either.

I think I will 'ask a librarian' because the caption is part of the
historic record and it really needs to be as accurate as possible. I saw
the caption and accepted it at face value and other people will too.
Luckily in my case, people who knew the station first-hand were able to
offer a correction. In the years ahead that won't always happen. I hate to
see errors creep into the historic record, especially ones that are easily

I also discovered that the Goshen station is still in use as the
headquarters for the Village of Goshen Police Department. The Village has
done a great job of restoration. [See attached photo.] Not only that, the
part of the Erie line that ran past the station has been preserved as the
west end of the 15-mile Orange Heritage Trail. No rails but at least the
right-of-way is still intact.

My final thought is, imagine the lowly Newburgh-Beacon News press
photographer who took the photo at the station back in March 1960. Imagine
how surprised (and probably pleased) he would be to see this conversation
over a half-century later. You never know!

tommy meehan


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