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The Dutch, the Indians and the Quest for Copper-Pahaquarry and the Old Mine Road
By Herbert C. Kraft


For more than 150 years it has been asserted that Dutch miners built the "Old Mine Road" and mined copper-based ore from the Pahaquarry outcroppings. The author concludes that although intriguing folklore, the belief is totally devoid of merit.

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Chapter Titles

  • Introduction
  • The Minisink Indians Before Dutch Settlement
  • European Metals Acquired by Indians of the 15th and 16th Century
  • The Quest for Copper:  Pahaquarry and the Old Mine Road
  • Archaeological Excavations and the Samuel Preston Letters
  • A Brief History of Copper Mining
  • The Pahaquarry Copper Mines, the Eighteenth Century
  • The Pahaquarry Copper Mines in the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • The Old Mine Road - Evidence from early Maps
  • Summary and Conclusion

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