Wampmissic station

Wampmissic
LocationLIRR at North Street,
Manorville, New York
Coordinates40°51′32″N 72°50′37″W / 40.858833°N 72.843589°W / 40.858833; -72.843589Coordinates: 40°51′32″N 72°50′37″W / 40.858833°N 72.843589°W / 40.858833; -72.843589
Owned byLIRR
Line(s)
History
Opened1847–1848
ElectrifiedNo
Previous namesWampmissick
Services
None
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
Former services
Yaphank   Main Line   Manorville

Wampmissick or Wampmissic was a station on the Main Line of the Long Island Rail Road. Wampmissick was named after the Native American name for extensive swamps two miles west of Manorville. Wampmissick was 4 miles east of Yaphank and 2 miles west of Manor.[1] After James Wick, also known as James H. Weeks, became the president of the LIRR in 1847 he built a large woodhouse and turntable at Wampmissic and had trains stop at Wampmissic because he owned a large farm and woodlands here.[2] He had hoped to boom his property but when he ceased to be president the buildings were torn down. The station was built in the years 1847–1848 when Wick was president. The station is mentioned in the Annual Report of the American Institute, on the Subject of Agriculture, Volume 6,[3] and in the Annual Report of the American Institute of the City of New York also in 1848, which describes a growth of herd grass by the train.[4] Near the present-day location of the station are streets, Weeks Avenue and North Weeks Avenue, that bear his name. The station is mentioned in the American Railway Guide, and Pocket Companion, for the United States from 1851, although no trains are listed as stopping there.[5] It only appears on the 1852–1853 timetable.[1] It was also used as a meeting and passing location. It also appears on an 1855 map, and in A New and Complete Statistical Gazetteer of the United States from 1855.[6] The station appears again in 1857 in Mitchell's New Traveller's Guide.[7]

A siding at this location bore the name Wampmissic on the 1916 LIRR valuation plans and in the LIRR's 1924 CR4 book which indicted freight siding locations.[1]

References[]

  1. ^ a b c "BROOKLYN & JAMAICA RAIL ROAD, LONG ISLAND R. R. 1852 TIMETABLE". arrts-arrchives.com.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Annual Report of the American Institute, on the Subject of Agriculture". google.com.
  4. ^ "Annual Report of the American Institute of the City of New York". google.com.
  5. ^ "American Railway Guide, and Pocket Companion, for the United States". google.com.
  6. ^ "A New and Complete Statistical Gazetteer of the United States of America". google.com.
  7. ^ Mitchell's New Traveller's Guide: Through the United States and the Canadas … By Samuel Augustus Mitchell

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