THE TOWN OF RICHFIELD

The Town of Richfield is in northern Otsego County. The corridor consists of 1.23 miles of roadbed in the Town between milepost 292.93 and mp 294.16. The roadbed through this area crosses the Mink Creek on three metal bridges and on one outstanding stone arch viaduct at mp 293.04 making this short stretch one with remarkable beauty.

A walking trail through this picturesque section of the corridor would be an outstanding regional asset for area residents.

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Mink Creek stone arch viaduct at mp 293.04.

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Mink Creek bridge at mp 293.44.

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Looking towards the village of Richfield Springs through the Mink Creek gorge in the early spring.

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Snowmobile use of the Mink Creek gorge section in winter provides important access to the Village of Richfield Springs.

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Looking north on Mink Creek towards the “Cherry Valley Turnpike” Route 20 viaduct.

 

The village of Richfield Springs is at the end of the Richfield Springs Branch. A substantial Station served the community known for its curative sulfur springs and hotels which featured bathing in the water as an elixir. The Station property along with the rail yard area is owned by the Central New Railroad.

 

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Richfield Springs Station in the passenger era.

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Walkers on the “Richfield Springs Extension” just west of the Elm Street extension in the Village of Richfield Springs.

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Original survey map August 8, 1868- This map filed by the UC&SV RR shows that the line ended south of the Village of Richfield Springs. The railroad filed a new survey in 1871 to build the “Richfield Springs Extension” to actually reach the village. The Extension Railroad features a diverging curve to the north to gently swing the railroad line into the Village.

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In June of 1871 the UC&SV Railroad filed this map to extend their line into the Village. The Depot indicated on the lower left was at the intersection of the railroad and Route 28.