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  1. Suldog says:

    Nothing of note to say, but just wanted to let you know I’m reading and finding most of this stuff fascinating. Thanks!

  2. Sheryl says:

    I often wondered about the lack of an apostrophe in “Purdys” when I see that name flash across the display in White Plains. I didn’t realize how many other questionable non apostrophe-d names there were! I knew how the Bronx got its name, but didn’t know about any of the other families. Very informative!

    • Emily says:

      I always wonder when the railroad is going to finally get rid of that apostrophe in Purdys for good. Interestingly, the town historian told me that when Metro-North was updating the stations they actually consulted her as to whether Goldens Bridge should still have the apostrophe. They came to the conclusion that it was no longer needed, hence the change in 2003. I totally expected to hear that Metro-North just randomly decided to do it for who knows why.

  3. Jon says:

    I found the spelling of Chappaqua as “Chapequa” very interesting. I had seen Shapequa as the spelling of the original Native word for flowing water, but not ever have I seen Chapequa on a map.

  4. William Hays says:

    Ah, our public schools! Up in Vermont, they changed the name of a mountain. Camel’s Hump is now Camels Hump. Of course they do! So do dogs! An English instructor at the University of Vermont said it would be easier to teach without all the punctuation and would make his ‘job’ easier!

  5. William Hays says:

    As a newcomer to the site, I haven’t noticed any reference to my bible on the Harlem: “The Coming of the New York and Harlem Railroad”, by Louis V. Grogan (1989) of Pawling, NY. Outstanding work by an employee, and extended-family member of many Harlem Division railroaders.

    • Emily says:

      You’ll find a few references to Mr. Grogan here on the site… including some of the original color photos he used in his book (as the book was in B/W). Lou and his wife have been kind enough to have me as a visitor to their home in Pawling a few times :)

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