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Re: Gun Hill Road.(and the gun)

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Posted by Sammy to john s on Saturday, March 5th 2022:

In Reply to: Gun Hill Road.(and the gun) posted by john s on Thursday, March 3rd 2022:

Hi, John!

During my early growing up years of the 1940s on Cruger Avenue, about a half mile south of Gun Hill Road, I never thought about the reason why the "the Gun" was part of that street`s name. To me, "Gun Hill Road" was simply the very wide street going under the huge subway station at White Plains Road, two stops north of my home station of Allerton Avenue.

I have John McNamara`s book, "History In Asphalt" which confirms your information regarding the location of "the Gun". He writes: "During the Revolutionary War, this road was an important artery, fought over by both sides. On January 25, 1777, a small party of Americans dragged a cannon to the top of the hill west of the Bronx River and fired on a British force. This hill is now inside Woodlawn Cemetery and was called Gun Hill long afterwards". Just think, John, Gun Hill Road may have also been called "Cannon Hill Road" (although there is a "Cannon Place" near Fort Independence Park on Sedgwick Avenue overlooking the Jerome Park Reservoir).

Thanks, John, for a very interesting topic!

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