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Jones Point protrudes
out into the mighty Hudson River just north of Stony
Point and below the South Gate to the Hudson Highlands.
An important strategic location, ships had to tack
around the point to navigate up and down the river.
Below Jones Point, during
the Revolution, one of the great Chains Across the
Hudson acted to block British ships of war from ascending
the Hudson. Jones Point, settled since colonial times,
was an observation outpost and at times, fortified
to protect the South Gate of the Hudson.
These days, Jones point
provides a spectacular view of the Hudson and across
the river to Peekskill and down to Verplank. It's
also a prime example of the preciousness of river
access, as the Hudson is completely blocked all up
and down the point behind the Penn Central tracks
laid during the 19th century. On the lower Hudson
there are very few places where you can actually access
the banks of the river. On the west bank long freight
trains travel up and down the Hudson bringing goods
into and out of New York City, along the East Bank
passenger trains and Amtrak continually rumble along
Across the river from
Jones Point, in Peekskill, you can see the Indian
Point Nuclear Power Plant. Peekskill and Verplank,
by the way, are where actor Mel Gibson was born and
raised prior to his family moving to Australia.