Tuesday Tour of the Putnam Division: Millwood

Postcard of Millwood, and the final passenger service timetable on the Putnam Division. Timetable from the collection of Otto Vondrak.

Frank Schlegel photograph of Millwood station

Yes, I suppose this is a bit of a joke. I’m not really doing a tour of the Putnam Division, although I have been to a few of the stations. We must, however, pay our final respects to Millwood, which was one of the few remaining Put stations. Was being the keyword there. On Wednesday morning, Millwood station was demolished, just days after I posted that a demolition permit was applied for. Truly sad.

On Friday I visited the spot where Millwood once stood. I thought in my head I’d at least see some sort of hint that there was something there. Some material strewn all over the ground, a hole or overturned dirt, anything. But there was nothing. It was torn down and covered up too well. I suppose this is why we must photograph everything – you never know when something will just suddenly disappear.

Millwood, I will always remember the words that someone scrawled on one of your outside walls.

In other news, your real Tuesday Tour, of Otisville on the Port Jervis Line, will be posted later on today!

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The trains don’t stop here any more – save me, I’m your history.

Hidden away in a nearly-forgotten corner of my computer’s almost-full hard drive are a few photos that were never meant to see the light of day. They were dark, and the day was rainy, and they were downright horrible. But a bit of graffiti scrawled on the side of the station that I remembered photographing always sat in the back of my mind. It read, “The trains don’t stop here any more. Save me, I’m your history.” A news article that was sent to me today (thanks, Jeff!) led me to dig out those photos.

The station on which the graffiti was written is Millwood – once part of the long-gone Putnam Division. Hardly in spectacular condition (but certainly not the worst), the status of the building has been in limbo for quite a while. Again the station finds itself in the news, as a demolition permit has been applied for. Though tearing down this historical building would be sad, I find it laughable that the article mentions a proposal for making a replica of the station. Why not save the real thing, while it is still here?


“Save me, I’m your history.” An apt observation. I wonder who wrote it…

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