Sodom : A James Snell Myth
In Mini-Series; Ogdensburg History, Volume 1, I explored the myth of the "Backwards Tunnel". From historical records I concluded that the dual-arched tunnels were indeed built as intended, with the wider one bridging the Wallkill River. However, I have been more concerned about another long-standing "story" introduced by James P. Snell in his 1881 compilation of the History of Sussex and Warren Counties; i.e., that Ogdensburg was once named "Sodom". My experiences during eighty years, as a life-long resident of Ogdensburg, have led me to cast doubts on Snell's "story". If, in fact, his version were proved to be a myth, then, all early residents of Ogdensburg will have been unfairly tainted with a biblically degrading name for nearly 130 years. Consequently, my goal for Volume 2 was to research historical records in order to solve this mystery, a quest I initially began to explore in 2004.
- Electronic book text
- 07 Sep 2011
- Morrisville, NC, United States