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06/22/22  Port Jervis Man, Convicted Of Drug Possession, Receives Sentence
06/22/22  Ceremonial groundbreaking held for 'new' Port Jervis elementary school
06/21/22  Port Jervis Middle School to become elementary school
06/16/22  Port Jervis man arrested on rape charge
06/15/22  Port Jervis honors Flag Day
06/13/22  Port Jervis Soap Box Derby returns
06/12/22  Port Jervis PD participates in state's pedestrian safety enforcement
06/10/22  Revitalization is brewing in downtown Port Jervis
06/09/22  Hudson Valley organization highlights Port Jervis community driven revitalization
06/08/22  Port Jervis Soap Box Derby rolls again
06/08/22  Port Jervis line train strikes and kills man in Bergen County
06/08/22  Two motorcyclists injured on Hawk's Nest
06/03/22  Port Jervis community commemorates life of Black man lynched by mob 130 years ago
05/31/22  Port Jervis debuts train museum
05/26/22  Date for jury selection set in sex abuse case against Port Jervis building inspector
05/26/22  Woman biker injured in Port Jervis accident
05/20/22  Port Jervis land annexation completed
05/18/22  Upcoming June 2 Port Jervis walk remembering 1892 lynching victim will nuture equality and healing
05/17/22  Port Jervis apartments trade for $14 million
05/12/22  My View opinion piece draws attention to 1892 Port Jervis lynching and its June 2 remembrance event
05/09/22  Teen arrested for stabbing man in the back
05/09/22  Sources: Off-duty NYPD officer reportedly from Port Jervis dead in murder-suicide over alleged love triangle
05/08/22  Port Jervis police investigating multiple reports of shots fired
05/05/22  Loved ones of late Port Jervis vet who suffered PTSD carry on his support mission
04/30/22  Man stabbed in the back in Port Jervis
04/19/22  Port Jervis "Shooter" pleads guilty in illegal assault rifle case after narcotics investigation
04/15/22  Delaware River finally gets line in state budget
04/11/22  Jury Convicts Port Jervis Man Of Illegal Fentanyl Possession
04/11/22  Gunman Who Fired Shots Into Port Jervis Home Pleads Guilty
04/06/22  Lumberland resident dies Tuesday after 250-foot fall at Hawk's Nest
04/05/22  BREAKING - Man killed in apparent fall from Hawk's Nest
03/28/22  Port Jervis mom goes to prison for leaving newborn to die in vacant lot
03/25/22  VA Proposes Closing Castle Point
03/11/22  House turns into blazing inferno
03/10/22  2021 report says 51% of Port Jervis high school students are economically disadvantaged
03/09/22  Port Jervis railroad legacy to be celebrated in new history center, May festival
03/07/22  Long-term Port Jervis drug investigations net 18
03/07/22  St. Paddy's Day celebrated in Port Jervis
03/03/22  Port Jervis wrestler Charlie Wylie could be driving force behind girls wrestling becoming state sport
02/25/22  'A festering wound': Plaques to serve as reminder of Port Jervis, Newburgh lynchings
02/23/22  Historic dining cars on the move from Scranton to Port Jervis, New York
02/14/22  Wrestling: Port Jervis' Charlie Wylie makes history at Div. II wrestling championships
02/11/22  Sparrowbush man going to prison for illegally selling guns to undercover cop
02/10/22  Port Jervis Man Pleads Guilty To Assaulting Police Officer
02/07/22  After winning Olympic gold and WNBA title, #PortJervis area native, Stefanie Dolson, hopes for more
02/01/22  Propane tanks discovered in burning Port Jervis house
01/29/22  Port Jervis man indicted on attempted murder connected to 2021 shooting incident
01/26/22  Grandkids were staying over with grandparents when Port Jervis fires were set
01/25/22  Woman charged with attempted murder for setting fires in Port Jervis apartment
01/21/22  Two Sullivan County brothers arrested for murder
01/20/22  Neighbors sue over polluted stream in Town of Deerpark
01/16/22  Port Jervis polar plunge, for real

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D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, and other silent movie notables pioneered 
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Renowned author, Stephen Crane, lived in Port Jervis. His  most famous work, The Red Badge of Courage, was likely influenced by Civil War veterans
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Port Jervis, NY, 12771

Introduction

Port Jervis, New York, is located on the Upper Delaware River where the states of New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey meet (see maps here ).

Claiming a population shown by the 2010 U.S. Census as slightly less than 9,000, this small city is further situated on the western border of Orange County, one of New York State's twelve original counties and whose founding dates to 1683. 

The current city of Port Jervis was once part of the still surrounding Town of Deerpark which was itself established in 1798.   After incorporating as a village in 1853, and later being legally separated from the Town of Deerpark, in 1907 Port Jervis became a city, the smallest of the three found in Orange County.

On its New Jersey side, Port Jervis abuts Sussex County's Montague Township while its Pike County neighbor across the Delaware River in Pennsylvania is Westfall Township.


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History

Prior to the arrival of the first European colonists near the start of the 18th century, the fertile Neversink River bottomland running through today's Port Jervis was known as "Magagkamack," a Lenape (Delaware Indian) phrase that has been interpreted as "pumpkin field" or "red lands."  It was in the vicinity of Port Jervis that a sub-group clan of the Lenape, the Minsi (Munsee), made their traditional seat of government while the larger region in which Port Jervis is located was "Minisink,"  a word still used today as a regional geographic identifier. 

Because of its location and waterways, which also includes the mouth of the Neversink river, Port Jervis has long been a transportation hub.

Begun in 1825, the Delaware and Hudson Canal was among the nation's first million dollar private ventures and it crossed Port Jervis as did what is sometimes described as the oldest 100 mile commercial road in America.  It is after leading 1800s American civil engineer, John B. Jervis, who became the D & H Canal's principal engineer, that the city is named.    

Because the mining and transportation of coal was a core reason why the D & H Canal was built, researching and ordering the first steam engine locomotive to run on commercial railroad tracks in the United States was likewise among the many lifelong engineering accomplishments of the city's namesake.

Consistent with its geography and relative prominence in early 19th century transportation, the coming of the Erie Railroad in 1848 led Port Jervis to become an  important railroad center where one of region's few remaining operational train turntables can still be found.  

Among the most famous of Port Jervis citizens is the acclaimed author of the Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane, who in 1878 took his first school lessons here.  The inspiration for that novel and other of his works held associations to Port Jervis where he stayed with his brother William, camped in Pike County with Port Jervis friends, spent time in Sullivan County, and returned for much of his 28 year life. 

      

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Public Transportation

Today commuter rail service to points east and south, - including New York City - is provided by New Jersey Transit.  Additional connections can be made by Amtrak in Manhattan's Penn Station and through the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, of which Metro-North Railroad is part.   The following link provides the location of and directions to the Port Jervis train station.   

Transportation by CoachUSA|Shortline Bus  service is available with connections at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.   

Interstate Route 84 and New Jersey's Route 23 are found at the city's southeastern border.  

Likewise, both Stewart International Airport and the New York State Thruway (I-87) can be reached by a convenient 45 minute drive via Interstate Route 84.   

New York Route 17 (future I-86) also connects with the Interstate and lies approximately 30 minutes from Port Jervis.      

 

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Attractions

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About a one and three-quarter hour drive from New York City,  and within a day's ride of Philadelphia, PA, Atlantic City, NJWashington, D.C., Boston, MA,  and Montreal, Canada, Port Jervis retains its rural quality.  

Attracted by the area's natural beauty, including the scenic "Hawk's Nest" section of New York Route 97, every year hundreds of thousands of visitors canoe and raft down the Delaware river.  This same region is a popular fishing spot and is graced with American Bald Eagles that can be observed from public viewing areas, particularly during the winter months. 
    Because National Geograhic recognized "the world-class natural and cultural attractions of the middle and upper Delaware River region" of which Port Jervis is part, it partnered with local oranizations to create a useful geotourism guide map that highlights the area's many features, activities, and points of interest.   Visit the The National Geographic's Scenic, Wild Delaware River resource for more.

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