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James Hope Painting

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James Hope Painting
This painting, with its 1870s view of Lake Champlain and the historic Crown Point Forts and lighthouse, is a wonderful example of narrative art. The scene also depicts domestic animals grazing on recently cleared land, a tug boat hauling multiple barges south, recreational sailboats, and a steamship passing the lighthouse. Notably, a train on a trestle crossing Lake Champlain from Crown Point to Port Henry is significant, as this was built on a drawboat trestle in 1871, which was built to carry processed iron ore from the furnaces in Port Henry south to the Albany/Troy area. A second train, which would have been part of the Lake Champlain & Moriah Railroad, can be seen traveling across a field returning to Mineville. Iron Ore mining was important to the economic growth of the Port Henry area until the early 1970s, and historically significant to the state of New York.
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