1877 – A gold mine is established on Hussey Hill. The vein dwindles after only a-year-and-a-half.

1883 – The West Shore Railroad (seen here in photo of railroad station) begins service through the Town of Esopus.

1890s – The Rondout Creek and Sleightsburgh become a hub for Delaware and Hudson Canal boat traffic.

1895 – John Burroughs builds his sanctuary in the woods, Slabsides Cottage.