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Port Jervis, New York  12771
"Where New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania Come Together"
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TRAVEL ALERT:  On Saturday September 23, 2017 the Orange County Firefighters' Association parade will result in a detour that affects traffic on NY State Routes 42&97. The detour meets the highway in Sparrowbush at Sleepy Hollow Rd. and follows West Main St. in Port Jervis.   A soft closure to non-commercial traffic begins at noon with complete closure starting at 1:45pm.  The detour is expected to be in effect for several hours as the parade takes place.  A railroad underpass with a clearance of 11 feet is along the detour route.   Large trucks use NYS Route 209/Oakland Valley Rd./NYS Route 42.  See more details here.

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Three photo montage of The Hawks Nest on New York Route 97 outside of Port Jervis, NY.

       

                                                                   
                      

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09/19/17  Sat. Sept. 23 Firefighters' Parade will detour NYS Routes 42&97 traffic through Port Jervis
09/17/17  Female Port Jervis Raider football player, Courtney Bedford, gets a shout-out
09/13/17  Regulators Take Step to Ban Fracking Near Delaware River
09/07/17  Multi-state Commission considers permanent fracking ban in Delaware River Basin
09/06/17  Port Jervis man charged with rape of child
09/06/17  Delaware River flows are dropping dramatically as NYC reverts to old agreement
09/01/17  Two arrested on drug charges in Port Jervis
08/31/17  Court date set for NY State Supreme Court appeal on funding case involving Port Jervis School District
08/31/17  Port Jervis commuter Line to undergo comprehensive improvements.  Off-peak bus service begins Sept. 11
08/30/17  Port Jervis considers building $3.1 million dollar parking garage
08/29/17  O&R to replace gas main in Port Jervis
08/26/17  More drug arrests in Port Jervis
08/24/17  NYC DEP suspending releases of additional water to Delaware River in ramp down to minimum rates
08/22/17  Heroin Seized, Three Arrested Following Investigation
08/21/17  Port Jervis allocates first local taxpayer funds to advance whitewater park
08/17/17  Mayor of cash poor Port Jervis seeks to double position's $20,000 part-time annual salary
08/10/17  Choral group performing Zulu folk songs to Brahmns announce Aug. 17 Port Jervis concert 
08/02/17  Port Jervis "Unity on the Delaware" Event Celebrates National Night Out
07/28/17  Port Jervis school officials heading in “new direction” with termination of superintendent
07/25/17  Port Jervis City Council fills vacancy after member resigns
07/24/17  Port Jervis couple indicted for second time on drug charges
07/24/17  Two accused of drug sales in Port Jervis
07/18/17  Port Jervis NJ Transit Line: Buses Replace Trains during Weekday Midday Hours between Port Jervis and Harriman Stations beginning Monday, July 31 to Friday, Sept. 8, 2017

07/16/17  Work Starts On Downtown Port Jervis Pedestrian Mall
07/03/17  Port Jervis free summer lunch program begins Wednesday July 5
06/30/17  Budget standoff shuts all New Jersey State Parks, Forests, Historic Sites, and Recreation Areas until further notice
06/30/17  Milford man arrested in 2016 murder of 17 year-old girlfriend
06/30/17  Multiple Arrests Made Following Undercover Investigation
06/28/17  Mayor Deflects His Social Media Outing Of A Sex Offender Who Reportedly Bought Property In Port Jervis To City's Housing Problems
06/28/17  Plans Develop for SUNY Satellite in Port Jervis
06/27/17  PJ School District Provides Free Breakfast And Lunch For Children During Summer Break
06/27/17  Mayor Kelly Decker's Facebook Post Says He's Feeling Angry About A Convicted Sex Offender Moving Into A Port Jervis Neighborhood
06/25/17  Hunt for couple wanted for attempted murder moves from Southern Catskills to Pennsylvania
06/21/17  Edward Pavlich celebrates 50 years of service with ShopRite
06/21/17 Police Investigate Multiple Stabbings Overnight in Port Jervis
06/15/17  Story of 27 year-old former U.S. Marine from Port Jervis who died in the village of Saranac Lake from an April 2017 opioid overdose is remembered
06/14/17  Phil Chase, long time river advocate, recalled
06/12/17  3 Arrests Made Following Search Warrants in Port Jervis
06/06/17  Visitors to Upper Delaware increased by 8 percent in 2016
06/03/17  O&R gas pipe project on one of the busiest streets in Port Jervis expected to last 12 weeks 
06/02/17  125th Anniversary Of Port Jervis's Most Shameful Day
June 2, 1892 Lynching Of A Black Man On Main Street Reflected A Long History Of Segregation

06/01/17  Critical  upper Delaware river flow threatened by New Jersey is saved as NYC and three states make new agreement of their own
05/21/17  Sportsmen's Expo Marks Port Jervis River Festival in the Making as Downtown Revival Surges Forward
05/10/17  Former Port Jervis building inspector accuses city of misappropriating sewer fee funds
05/07/17  Breast cancer survivor on fundraising kayaking campaign will launch 180 mile Delaware ariver trip from Port Jervis Aug. 10



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D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, and other silent movie notables pioneered 
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Renowned author, Stephen Crane, lived in Port Jervis. His  most famous work, The Red Badge of Courage, was likely influenced by Civil War veterans
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"Orange 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 
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Port Jervis, NY, 12771

Introduction

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 neighbor across the Delaware River in Pennsylvania is Westfall Township.


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History

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, who became the D & H Canal's principal engineer, 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, camped in Pike County with Port Jervis friends, and returned 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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Attractions

Photos of Some Port Jervis Area Attractions and
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Map with Locations and Descriptions

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.
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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.
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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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