Parksville, a victim of progress

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The abandoned I86 Diner

On my way to the Quick Lake trailhead, see previous blog my Tomtom had difficulties guiding me. It looked like I was driving on the mountains rather than on New York State Route 17. When I exited route 17 and entered the little village of Parksville I all of a sudden realized where I was. I remembered this section of Route 17 from when I went to Canada in July 2010. The highway stopped here and went right through the heart of a small village.

Now the situation had changed dramatically. Route 17 is bypassing Parksville on a beautiful bypass carved into the hill side. The old route 17 through Parksville has become a service route. The old ramp down into the village has been stripped of the asphalt and has been re-vegetated.

Main Street

Poor Parksville has not been lucky with its roads. In the 1920s when the railroads flourished they brought many tourist into town. All en route to the large Catskill resorts. The streets were packed and the town boomed with people shopping. The Great Depression did not help, nor did the Jersey Shore that stole away vacationers. When the railroad closed in 1950 things went further downhill.

Route 17 still brought people to town, they were all in transit but at least they were forced along the village and many stopped to purchase gas or eat at the restaurants and the diner. In the fall of 2011 the (elevated) bypass of Route 17 was opened leaving Parksville literally down below. The result is saddening.

The gas station is closed and for sale, the iconic Dari King and West 17 Diner are both closed and for sale too.

The gas station, also closed
Plants have already started growing on the diner's parking. Parksville's Main Street, that already suffered from the first Route 17 looks deserted. A pharmacy is rusting into time, a Cajun Style restaurant is covered by grass surrounding it, other former stores will soon be taken over by advancing vines.

It is a beautiful but also sad view. I felt sorry for this ghost town to be. The victim of progress!

More pictures below. Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat dat de bijgesloten foto ook vertoond wordt. Deze Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat dat de bijgeslote

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The abandoned I86 Diner
The abandoned I86 Diner
Main Street
Main Street
The gas station, also closed
The gas station, also closed
The abandoned I86 Diner
The abandoned I86 Diner
The abandoned I86 Diner in the tim…
The abandoned I86 Diner in the ti…
The abandoned I86 Diner
The abandoned I86 Diner
The new section of route 17 / I86
The new section of route 17 / I86
Main Street
Main Street
Main Street
Main Street
Main Street
Main Street
Main Street
Main Street
Main Street
Main Street
Dari King, still looks goof, but a…
Dari King, still looks goof, but …
Closed?
Closed?
Route 17 during times that it stil…
Route 17 during times that it sti…
From the air the old route 17 and …
From the air the old route 17 and…
Parksville - NY
photo by: mdalamers