Durango, Mexico 1965
photo: Dennis Hopper
Cowboys of the Cobbleston
10th Avenue and 17th Street, NYC
Every resident of London Terrace knows, and we believe, likes the cowboy riders of the New York Central, who day and night, rain or shine, majestically precede the electric trains along Tenth Avenue. For over eighty years this unique custom has been in existence, but now, even as the riders of the West have faded into glamorous limbo of romance, their own day is drawing to its close. With the early completion of the overhead roadway, they will disappear from the streets of New York, leaving many to change “The Last Round Up” as the brass bands announce the official opening of a modern Manhattan miracle.
Law of the Range
The story of these riders goes back to December 4, 1850 when the City Council passed a law compelling trains on the streets of New York to be preceded by a rider on horseback, on block ahead of the locomotive, waving a red flag by day and a red light by night to warn pedestrians and prevent runaways of horse-drawn vehicles. This quaint law is still in force, and the New York Central must, until it rises above the street, provide its riders or suffer revocation of its franchise. I’ll stop now for fear of causing sleep.
Ron Parisi –
"Army airship (passenger descending on train while in motion)". The airship is a 1913, Willows airship no. 5. The railway engine is no. 773.