Crum Elbow Creek

Text from William Wade

The landing opposite Poughkeepsie is in the town of New Paltz, which gives it its name. Crum Elbow is the name given to the turn in the river four miles above Poughkeepsie.

Benson Lossing explains the meaning of the name;

"At Hyde Park the river makes a sudden bend between rocky bluffs, and in a narrower channel. On account of this the Dutch settlers called the place Krom Elleboge, or crooked Elbow. as is frequently the case along the Hudson, the present name is a compound of Dutch and Engliah, and is now called Crom Elbow.:


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