taghkanic

West Taghkanic Diner, Taghkanic, New York
by 63vwdriver

Americana!

And BTW, Taghkanic is a tiny town in eastern New York, near VT/MA/CT borders.

From Flickr:

West Taghkanic Diner, March 2006

My friend Roland’s VW Fastback and my ‘64 Beetle in front of the West Taghkanic in late winter 2006.

Horse drawn mail wagon at the post office in Boston Corner, New York circa 1910.  Boston Corner has a very interesting history, nestled as it is on the state line between New York and Massachusetts.

The name was given to the locality when the State of Massachusetts owned the triangular tract of land lying west of the Taghkanic [i.e. Taconic] mountains. The mountain formed an almost impassable barrier between this spot and the seat of civil authority, and it became a sort of “city of refuge” for criminals and outlaws of all classes, who fled to it to escape from the reach of the officers of the law. On this account it also became a resort of prize-fighters, who could here carry out their brutal and inhuman purposes secure from the interference of the authorities.

The highest peaks of the Taconic Hills on the west and the Connecticut line to the south made it inaccessible to that state’s law-enforcement authorities as well as its courts and jails.  This was not all bad for Boston Corners; due to lack of law-enforcement the good citizens ran things as they saw fit. Because of their isolation, they did not vote in state elections, nor did they pay state taxes, they supported their own schools. Having neither jail, judge nor jury, they felt they were getting on all right as things were.  In his 1909 History of Dutchess County Frank Hasbrouck said, “Had they been left to themselves their escutcheon might have remained untarnished.” But that was not the case which accounted for a stain on their escutcheon.

Top italicized quote from Wikipedia’s Boston Corner entry, bottom quote from The Battle of Boston Corners by Patrick Higgins, which gives colorful account of the locally famous 1853 prizefight between John Morrissey and Yankee Sullivan.  The names Boston Corner and Boston Corners seem to be used interchangeably; there’s similar ambivalence about some important historic dates.  Boston Corner(s) formally became part of New York State in 1857.  The date on a historic marker there commemorating the Morrissey-Sullivan fight is wrong by 30 years.  Photographer of the mail wagon image unknown.