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TRAVEL ADVISORY: Route 97 detour in Sparrowbush expected to last to end of June 2017.  Traffic being redirected via Route 42 and Bolton Basin Rd. as new bridge over the Shingle Kill is constructed.  Click here for non-truck detour map.  Trucks proceed on Route 42 to Forestburgh signal light and follow detour signs.

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04/19/17  Special April 29 prescription drug take back program to include senior housing complex visits
04/19/17  2 Arrested in Port Jervis, Found with 269 Bags of Heroin on Metro North Train
04/18/17  Pennsylvania residents face drug charges in Port Jervis
04/18/17  Port Jervis may annex 110 acres of Deerpark land
04/15/17  Video: 4 Overdoses in 1 Week Spurs Port Jervis Community to Action Against Opioids
04/14/17  Two arrested on drug charges in Port Jervis
04/07/17  Four charged in Port Jervis drug arrests.  Handgun seized.
04/04/17  Port Jervis man sentenced to 13 years on weapons charge faces 84 more on March 2017 drug charge
03/24/17  O&R to begin  9 week long Port Jervis gas main project
03/19/17  Collapsed portion of Port Jervis building to be razed
03/16/17  Port Jervis man one of 34 arrested in multi-county drug bust
03/13/17  Replacement of Port Jervis bridge over Neversink River to begin this summer
03/07/17  Port Jervis man awaiting sentencing on gun charge, arrested on 14 drug counts
02/18/17  Port Jervis vehicle stop ends with two arrested on drug charges
02/17/17  Port Jervis commercial building goes up in flames
02/17/17  Two Arrested Following No Knock Search Warrant
02/16/17  Police Investigate Suspicious Person
02/15/17  MTA Officials Announce Plans to Improve Service Along Port Jervis Line
02/06/17  Sparrowbush railroad bridge slated for repairs
02/01/17  Metro-North/MTA set hearing for Port Jervis Line improvements
01/29/17  Two arrested on drug charges in Port Jervis
01/22/17  Women's unity march attracts over 500 in Port Jervis
01/19/17  Port Jervis gas main replacement project to begin on Jan. 30
01/18/17  Police ID man found dead in Port Jervis
01/18/17  Two arrested in latest Port Jervis drug raid
01/16/17  Man dies after being found near the railroad turntable in Port Jervis
01/12/17  Preparation work for East Main St. widening and new bridge starting
01/09/17  Effort underway to establish an Orange County Accelerator in Port Jervis
01/06/17  Four arrested in two separate Port Jervis drug raids

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D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, and other silent movie notables pioneered 
the  film industry in the Port Jervis area

Renowned author, Stephen Crane, lived in Port Jervis. His  most famous work, The Red Badge of Courage, was likely influenced by Civil War veterans of the
 124th NYS
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Blossoms" Regiment

Fascinating, highly detailed 1958 study  by the National Research Council analyzing the effects a 1955 Hurricane Diane flood rumor had on Port Jervis

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August 2008    Budget Travel named 
Port Jervis 1# of 10 Coolest Small Towns

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Port Jervis, NY, 12771


Port Jervis, New York, is located on the scenic upper Delaware river where the states of New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey meet (see maps here ).

Claiming a population shown by the 2010 U.S. Census as slightly less than 9,000, this small city is further situated on the western border of Orange County, one of New York's original counties and whose founding dates to 1683. 

The current city of Port Jervis was once part of the still surrounding Town of Deerpark which was itself established in 1798.   After incorporating as a village in 1853, and later being legally separated from the Town of Deerpark, in 1907 Port Jervis became a city.

On its New Jersey side, Port Jervis abuts Sussex County's Montague Township while its Pike County, Pennsylvania, neighbor across the Delaware River is Westfall Township.

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It is said that prior to the arrival of the first Europeans at the start of the 18th century, Port Jervis was known as "Magagkamack," which is a Lenni-Lenape (Delaware Indian) phrase that has been interpreted as "pumpkin field" or "land covered in grass."  It was in the general vicinity of Port Jervis that a sub-group of the Lenape, the Munsee, made their traditional seat of government while the larger region in which today's Port Jervis is located was "Minisink."

Because of its location and waterways, which also includes the mouth of the Neversink river, Port Jervis has long been a transportation hub.

Begun in 1825, the Delaware and Hudson Canal was among the nation's first million dollar private ventures and it crossed Port Jervis as did what is sometimes described as the oldest 100 mile commercial road in America.  It is after John B. Jervis, one of the D & H Canal's principal engineers, that the city is named.    

Because the mining and transportation of coal was a core reason why the D & H Canal was built, researching and ordering the first steam engine locomotive to run on commercial railroad tracks in the United States was likewise among the many lifelong engineering accomplishments of the city's namesake.

Consistent with its geography and prominence in early 19th century transportation, the coming of the Erie Railroad in 1848 led Port Jervis to become an  important railroad center where one of region's few remaining steam engine turntables can still be found.  

Perhaps the most famous of Port Jervis citizens is the acclaimed author of the Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane, who in 1878 took his first school lessons here.  The inspiration for that novel and other of his works held associations to Port Jervis where he stayed with his brother William, wrote articles in the local newspaper, and would return for much of his adult life. 


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Public Transportation

Today commuter rail service to points east and south, - including New York City - is provided by New Jersey Transit.  Additional connections can be made by Amtrak in Manhattan's Penn Station and through the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, of which Metro-North Railroad is part.   The following link provides the location of and directions to the Port Jervis train station.   Also see: Walking Directions from the New Jersey Transit Train Platform to Front Street, Sussex Street, and the Delaware River.

Transportation by CoachUSA|Shortline Bus  service is available with connections at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.   

Interstate Route 84 and New Jersey's Route 23 are found at the city's southeastern border.  

Likewise, both Stewart International Airport and the New York State Thruway (I-87) can be reached by a convenient 45 minute drive via Interstate Route 84.   

New York Route 17 (future I-86) also connects with the Interstate and lies approximately 30 minutes from Port Jervis.      


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About a one and three-quarter hour drive from New York City,  and within a day's ride of Philadelphia, PA, Atlantic City, NJWashington, D.C., Boston, MA,  and Montreal, Canada, Port Jervis retains its rural quality.  

Attracted by the area's natural beauty, including the scenic "Hawk's Nest" section of New York Route 97, every year hundreds of thousands of visitors canoe and raft down the Delaware river.  This same region is a popular fishing spot and is graced with American Bald Eagles that can be observed from public viewing areas, particularly during the winter months. 
    Because National Geograhic recognized "the world-class natural and cultural attractions of the middle and upper Delaware River region" of which Port Jervis is part, it partnered with local oranizations to create a useful geotourism guide map that highlights the area's many interesting features, activities, and points of interest.   Visit the The National Geographic's Scenic, Wild Delaware River resource for more.

Walking Directions from the New Jersey Transit Train Platform to Front Street, Sussex Street, and the Delaware River.  

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Port Jervis Walks from the New Jersey Transit Train Platform
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When arriving at the Port Jervis train platform a fast food restaurant is located nearby.  If facing toward the train and tracks the Delaware River and State of Pennsylvania lie a few blocks away.

Port Jervis like many other small communities has struggled under difficult economic conditions and all that comes with it.   Challenges continue to be met. Progress is shown by an expansion of the city's largest employer, improved quality of life, more recreation and hobbyist choices, broader public interest in Port Jervis, and commercial property renovation plans.                                               03 October  2013

 Front Street Sussex Street The Delaware River

Front Street runs the length of the downtown Port Jervis retail business area.  Along this route are mainly found gift stores, antique dealers, barber shops, and restaurants.  If walking the full distance of the downtown area - about one-quarter mile - the historic Erie Depot stands at its far end.  A short distance further on is an art gallery.

Directions and Map

1) After exiting the train turn your back to the tracks and walk to the concrete ramp that is at the left side of the cement fence.

2)  Walk up the ramp to the sidewalk.
3)  At your right by the Orange sculpture is Front Street which runs parallel with the train tracks.
4)  Pike Street meets Front near the sculpture and goes up the seen hill seen a few blocks away.

Sussex Street is the financial and governmental area of Port Jervis.  Banks, the post office, and the municipal building are found here.  A walk to the top of Sussex Street arrives at Orange Square Veterans' Memorial Park originally built to honor veterans of the American Civil War.  Across Sussex Street from the park is a Methodist church congregation and rectory associated with 1890s American writer, poet, and correspondent, Stephen Crane.

Directions and Map

1) Follow steps 1 through 3 to Front Street.  
2) Walk one block on right side of Front Street to Sussex Street and cross to the left.  At the corner there is a pillared building with a chime clock. The walk from this spot to the park at the top of the Sussex Street hill is about one-quarter mile.

The Delaware River serves as a dividing line between Port Jervis, NY, and Matamoras, PA.  The bridge crossing the river provides a scenic view of the valley and New Jersey where a stone monument can be seen on a mountain top.  Also in this area is an asphalt walking trail that follows the river to the city's West End Beach. 

Directions and Map

1) After exiting the train platform turn to the right, heading back in the direction the train came from.

2)  Walk the length of the platform and then about another 60 feet.
3)Pass through the opening on the left. An orange street sculpture is there.

4) Use steps on immediate left leading to the train underpass tunnel.

5) Turn left and emerge on the distant end of of the tunnel.  This is Pike Street.
6) Proceed forward.  Continuing in this direction on Pike Street the bridge crossing the Delaware River is found.  Pennsylvania is on the far side.
7) If  going to the walking trail or West End Beach carefully cross Pike Street at the King Street intersection traffic light.  
8) Walk three blocks on King Street to Avenue I and turn left.
9) Go to the end of Avenue I and cross Water Street.   The walking trail is at the top of the river bank.  For West End Beach, follow the trail to the right.


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