Iconic Book Reprinted: December 2021

Museum, General Store Selling “To The Mountains by Rail”
by John Conway

HURLEYVILLE, December 2021—More than 50 years after its original publication and more than 30 years since it has gone out of print, “To The Mountains by Rail,” the iconic book about Sullivan County history by Manville B. Wakefield, has been reprinted.
Load ‘N Go Press of Kiamesha Lake has published a hardcover reprint of the classic, which tells the story of the railroads that served Sullivan County and the resort industry they helped spawn here.
Most of the credit for the reprint goes to Myron Gittell, the proprietor of Load ‘n Go Press, but he is quick to share the credit.
“This would never have gotten done without the O&W Railway Historical Society,” he said. “I owe a debt of gratitude to members Jeff Otto and Mark Kennaugh, whose talents and tireless efforts helped bring this wonderful book back to life.”
Mr. Gittell says that volunteers from the O&W Railway Historical Society spent countless hours over the past two years painstakingly locating and scanning many of the original photos from the book so that—thanks to modern digital imaging technology– the quality of the reprint is superior to even the first printing.
The reprint of “To The Mountains by Rail” is available for purchase at numerous outlets throughout Sullivan County, including the Sullivan County Historical Society’s Gift Shop at the County Museum, and the Hurleyvile General Store. Other locations carrying the book as of press time are the Kristt Company in Monticello, Canal Towne Emporium in Wurtsboro, Morgan Outdoors in Livingston Manor, and Monique’s Books in White Sulphur Springs.