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Apr 25 2017 Heide Beierle 5:53 PM

Going through my grandfathers boxes of memories, I found a hard copy of the Melton Museum brochure mentioned above.  So interesting to find this webpage

From The Melton Museum of Norwalk, Connecticut (1948-1953)

Apr 25 2017 Brian D McCarthy 2:48 PM

Part 2:  I revisited the “suffolkcountyny.gov” website. This site has the 1928-1930 Suffolk County Airmaps, along with “imaps” that date from 1947 thru 2016. Utilizing the DRAW TOOL within the imaps, the footage from the Petit Trianon west to #2561 LIMP ( relocated and renovated former Ronkonkoma Toll Lodge ) is about 1650 FT. The footage from the Petit Trianon to #2571 LIMP is about 1500 FT ( previous Ronkonkoma Toll Lodge location ).

I know it’s stated in past blogs that this lodge was originally about 1500 ft from Rosevale Ave, and then relocated another 150 ft west at it’s present location. But when measuring from Rosevale Ave and Old Rosevale Ave, these footages just land the 2 lodge locations to far west on the LIMP. I hope this doesn’t offend anyone. The assumed footages only work out when measuring from the former Petit Trianon.

From Mystery Foto #16 Solved: An Aerial of the Long Island Motor Parkway at Lake Ronkonkoma (Circa 1930)

Apr 25 2017 Brian D McCarthy 12:13 PM

Hi Dave/Sam. I was looking thru some of your journeys, and noticed Sam left a comment here. ” Yeah, he’s not that bad “. Do I hear a touch of sarcasm? My 2 boys ( young teens ) will make similar statements. But not when they need something, LOL. 
Your dad is a great guy, Sam. Look forward to meeting up in the future.

From Sam & Dave's Excellent "Lost" Motor Parkway Adventure I: Clearview Expressway-Queens

Apr 24 2017 Brian D McCarthy 11:45 PM

I’ve read all the past blogs concerning the Ronkonkoma Lodge. Most of them state the original location was about 1500 ft W/O Rosevale Ave, and that the lodge itself became a private residence when the LIMP ceased. The lodge was relocated 150 ft W/O it’s original location. I’m thinking to measure the 1500 ft from “Old Rosevale Ave”. Without measuring yet, the structure in the Blue Circle looks right.

From Mystery Foto #16 Solved: An Aerial of the Long Island Motor Parkway at Lake Ronkonkoma (Circa 1930)

Apr 24 2017 Dick Gorman 8:20 PM

Mystery Foto #15….My research came up a bit short but here are some of the answers. Location from left to right… Hauppauge on the left and Lake Ronkonkoma on the right. South of Hauppauge now called Islandia. Majors roads are LIMP, Town Line road, Old Nichols Road, Johnson Avenue. I find no LIMP bridges as shown in the aerial. There are two LIMP Toll Houses showing in the aerial.The Motor parkway was 22’ wide at this point. Maybe. Don’t know when or why on the photo.

From Mystery Foto #16 Solved: An Aerial of the Long Island Motor Parkway at Lake Ronkonkoma (Circa 1930)

Apr 24 2017 Tom 7:13 PM

Exploring in the woods never grows old!  I love it myself,,,

From Sam & Dave's "Excellent Motor Parkway Hike" I: Stewart Avenue to Deadman's Curve, Bethpage

Apr 24 2017 Ken Buettner 1:46 PM

Chicken was an expensive item in 1914.  Modern cultivation practices were not yet known and a good chicken dinner was a treat for most folks.  Remember Herbert Hoover’s promise of “A chicken in every pot…?”  That was a promise to bring to the common man’s table something that was mostly reserved for those with wealth.  Fish and other staples were more readily available and were cheaper.

From Mystery Foto #14 Solved: The Dining Room of the Petit Trianon in Lake Ronkonkoma

Apr 24 2017 Greg O. 9:29 AM

Didn’t have time this weekend, so I’ll just guess at a few here..
The end of the LIMP from Wheeler Road to the end at Lake Ronkonkoma. There were no bridges beyond Deer Park Road, so no bridges, but we have the Petit Trianon and Annex. Unsure of the year and reason for the aerial, but if it’s after 1923, there should be a lodge across the road, but resolution isn’t good enough to make it out. The parkway was 16 feet wide at this section.

From Mystery Foto #16 Solved: An Aerial of the Long Island Motor Parkway at Lake Ronkonkoma (Circa 1930)

Apr 24 2017 Art Kleiner 9:07 AM

Identify the location of the aerial from left to right: Western Suffolk County (Melville) going east to Lake Ronkonkoma

Identify the major roads in the aerial: Some are Commack Road, Motor Parkway, Nichols Road, Hauppauge Road, Smithtown Blvd., sure there are more

How many Motor Parkway bridges can be seen in the aerial?  Little East Neck, Wellwood, Wicks Road, Colonial Springs Road, Deer Park, Half Hollow Hills

What Motor Parkway structures are in the aerial? Petit Trianon, Commack Road Lodge, Brentwood Lodge, Deer Park Toll, Half Hollow Hills, Lodge Ronkonkoma Lodge
 
How wide was the Motor Parkway in this section? 16 feet across

When was this photo taken and why? 1930 - part of a Suffolk County project to have all “roads, terrain and property” in the county recorded. 

From Mystery Foto #16 Solved: An Aerial of the Long Island Motor Parkway at Lake Ronkonkoma (Circa 1930)

Apr 23 2017 Robert Stambaugh 9:57 PM

Looks like you fellows had a successful meet and examination of the two walls on the 20th.  Making contact as a bonifide group was a great move and hopefully an entree into future more definitive examinations.  Well done.

From Exploring the "Mayan Ruins" Bridge in Garden City- Updated: 4/23/2017

Apr 23 2017 Steve Lucas 8:33 PM

I believe we are looking at o portion of Suffolk County from Central Islip through Ronkonkoma to the lake on the right edge. With the LIMP crossing Wheeler’s Road in the lower left corner, we can also see Nicoll’s Road, Smithtown Blvd., and possibly Middle Country Road (Rte. 25). As for bridges, I don’t think there are any (trick question?) since I believe the eastern-most bridge was Deer Park Road which is not in the photo. Although it’s tough to tell, the structures should be the Ronkonkoma Lodge and Petit Trianon. Not sure, but I think the width of the LIMP here was still the original 16 feet. Just a guess, but the date could be 1938 in preparation for Suffolk County acquiring the LIMP.

From Mystery Foto #16 Solved: An Aerial of the Long Island Motor Parkway at Lake Ronkonkoma (Circa 1930)

Apr 23 2017 Brian D McCarthy 7:26 PM

Another blog worth looking back at is 9/29/10 Part II: Then&Now;: The Motor Parkway “Mayan Ruins” of Garden City.

The last 1950 closeup aerial:
  * Dirt is still built up on either sides of the abutments. Best place to move all that dirt is right over the LIMP between the abutments. And maybe the skimmed off sections of the abutments are in the same resting place.
  * This aerial is facing south. If the bridge was completed, the road would’ve headed in a SW and NE direction. The abutments aren’t directly across from each other, a bit offset.
  * #45 Russell Rd house was built in 1950. And the rear of this home can be seen next to the west abutment. No one purchased this home yet, presently.

From Exploring the "Mayan Ruins" Bridge in Garden City- Updated: 4/23/2017

Apr 23 2017 frank femenias 1:46 PM

The last 5 miles of the Motor Parkway. If you reached this far, you’ve made it!

This aerial covers Central Islip to the LIMP’s eastern terminus in Lake Ronkonkoma, and Smithtown to Islandia north to south.

Neither bridges nor underpasses in this limp section. I counted 11 crossings that drivers had to deal with before reaching the end: 

1. Wheeler Rd.
2. Roosevelt Bl.
3. Hawthorne Av.
4. Hoffman Ln.
5. Blydenburgh Rd.
6. South Bedford Av.
7. Old Nichols Rd.
8. Terry Rd.
9. Parkway Bl.
10. Oakdale Av.
11. Rosevale Av.

Veterans’ Memorial Hwy Rt. 454 would later enter this picture in 1950
Nesconset Hwy. Rt. 347 in 1951
Long Island Expwy I-495 1964.

Motor parkway structures include Petit Trianon, the Annex, and the Lake Ronkonkoma lodge.

Motor Parkway was 16 feet wide here.

Hard to determine if the LIMP is still open but Lake Dr. at the eastern terminus is still very wide. Guessing we’re still open, sometime before 1938.

From Mystery Foto #16 Solved: An Aerial of the Long Island Motor Parkway at Lake Ronkonkoma (Circa 1930)

Apr 23 2017 Howard Kroplick 12:27 PM

Dave

Mystery photo….planes flying over Hazelhurst Field, now known as Roosevelt Field

From Mystery Foto #15 Solved: The Historic Hangar 16 at Curtiss Field (Circa 1931)

Apr 23 2017 Howard Kroplick 12:15 PM

David K:

Howard: I thoroughly enjoyed looking at the artifacts and listening to the presentation.

From Treasure Chest of Surveys and Maps Draws Large Crowd to the Parkway Preservation Society Meeting

Apr 23 2017 Howard Kroplick 12:15 PM

Jeff R:
My daughter and I thank you for the presentations on Thursdays.

From Treasure Chest of Surveys and Maps Draws Large Crowd to the Parkway Preservation Society Meeting

Apr 23 2017 Howard Kroplick 12:00 PM

Ron T:
Great meeting you last night at the meeting; thanks for the presentations and for making those documents so approachable

From Treasure Chest of Surveys and Maps Draws Large Crowd to the Parkway Preservation Society Meeting

Apr 23 2017 Tim Ivers 11:45 AM

Lake Ronkonkoma and area west in 1930 from a Suffolk County aerial photo of county properties. Rosevale Avenue circles the western portion of the lake and vertically on the left are Old Nichols Road and Terry Road. The LIMP was only 16 feet wide here.
The Ronkonkoma toll house and Petit Trianon are visible on the left side of the lake.

From Mystery Foto #16 Solved: An Aerial of the Long Island Motor Parkway at Lake Ronkonkoma (Circa 1930)

Apr 23 2017 Brian D McCarthy 11:17 AM

I really do think that the proposed tunnel/overpass in Searingtown was intended for safe passage to the nearby school for residents that lived N/O the LIMP. I assume another safe route to the school was established.

From Treasure Chest of Surveys and Maps Draws Large Crowd to the Parkway Preservation Society Meeting

Apr 23 2017 Paul DiNatale 3:43 AM

photo # 16 looks like the eastern end of the pkwy by lake ronkonkoma.

From Mystery Foto #16 Solved: An Aerial of the Long Island Motor Parkway at Lake Ronkonkoma (Circa 1930)

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