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The tiny hamlet of Piermont
is one of those special secrets of the Hudson Valley.
Tucked into a small cove in Rockland County, Piermont
is filled with unique bistros, enticing cafes and
Jutting out from Piermont
about a mile into the heart of the Hudson River is
the Piermont Pier. Now a public park, the pier started
life as a commercial pier servicing the many steamers
and commercial vessels plying the Hudson River.
During the WWII, the pier
was taken over by the US Government, extended and
improved and used as the principal embarkation point
of soldiers heading to Europe. 40,000 US troops per
month, including many Hudson Valley residents, passed
across the pier where ships were waiting to transport
them to military duty in war-torn Europe. Piermont
became known as the "Last Stop USA."
After the war was won,
over half a million men returned home, across the
same pier, first setting foot back in the US out in
the middle of the Hudson River at the end of the pier.
These days, anyone can
walk to the end of the pier enjoying the nature preserve
and views along the way. It's a favorite fishing spot
for anglers allowing access out into the many environments
of the Hudson, from estuary to deep channel currents.
On this day, mostly eels are being reeled in.
Even on a hot and steamy
July day, out on the pier the river breezes cool and
the waters embrace transporting you to a completely
unique view and location.