Friday, July 14, 2017

Neversink Forever

For over two decades, Camp Betar of North American Betar was located near the Sullivan County's Town of Neversink in New York State.

The derivation of the word Neversink remains uncertain. Present research says the word Neversink came from the Indian name Mahackamack. The name also appears with a fictional USS Neversink that appears in Herman Melville's White Jacket, an 1850 novel that was instrumental in abolishing flogging in the U.S. Navy.

Neversink's population in the 2010 census was  3,557.

It used to look like this about a century ago:

The camp was located in the general area of the blue circle:

And here are satellite aerial views:

And it was deep in the Catskills:

The camp grounds were purchased in 1950 and the location served as Camp Betar until 1975 and a year or so later was sold.


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