Jan 26 2023
Hell’s Acres: Bare Knuckle Boxing in the Taconic Mountains | A New York Minute in History
On this episode, Devin and Lauren tell the forgotten story of Boston Corners, which once belonged to Massachusetts, but was ceded to New York state by an act of Congress in 1855. The area, now part of the Town of Ancram, was remote in the mid-19th century and hard to access from Massachusetts, while New York officials had no jurisdiction there. As a result, it became a haven for illegal activity, including an illegal boxing match in 1853 that drew an estimated 3,000-5,000 spectators to an area with a population of 61.
Marker of Focus: Border Marker, Millerton, Columbia County
Guest: Rich Rosenzweig, screenwriter and professional drummer
A New York Minute In History is a production of the New York State Museum, WAMC, and Archivist Media, with support from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation. This episode was produced by Jesse King, with help from intern Elizabeth Urbanczyk. Our theme is "Begrudge" by Darby. This episode also includes sound effects from freesound.or