The Friends support the mission of Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in their dedication to the interpretation and preservation of the Erie Canal. Contact us to join and help by either a monetary donation or by volunteering your time, energy &/or resources.
Dead Man Still Seeking Escape Along the Bike Path?
There are often stories told about portions of the Erie
Canalway bicycle path as it meanders across the state using old towpaths and
railroad beds as its course.The history
that occurred along the corridor seems to still be alive, even flourishing it
is noted.But not all of that is of this
Fort Hunter Frieght Station
On the eve of US involvement in WWI a man by the name of
Philipo Leiscone, age 30, was shot dead by soldiers of the New York State
Militia.Leiscone was a railroad section
hand who broke away from militiamen after being detained and searched relating
to a stabbing of one Corporal Cipperly during an altercation with four
men.Privates Gorman & Landregan
fired when Leiscone refused to halt, killing him.
The Lake Placid News
May 18, 1917
The railroad freight station near where this occurred is
long gone.Trees have grown, populations
have shifted and the railroads and canals of that era are seemingly a distant
dream.But perhaps Leiscone still wanders
the tracks, seeking his escape.Cyclists
report eerie cold breezes on the stillest most humid summer day as they pass
through that part of the bike path.