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On a small mountain ridge known as the Hollow, ... which is 35 miles north of Saratoga Springs and is in the town of Day in the northwestern corner of Saratoga County, bordering Warren County.
originally posted by: FloydGondolli
I know *quite* a bit about this place. In fact I would guess I know just about as much as anyone on the internet about this (seemingly) mythical enclave.
This is one of the first things I read about "The Allen Town" a.k.a. "The Hollow".
In 74', or thereabouts, a now very well known fledgling reporter who works for WRGB 6 (Fred Dicker) wrote an article for the Times Union titled "Allentowners' Lack Key to 20th Century Door". (I cannot for the life of me find it- if someone can that'd be awesome.)
Then a guy named George T. Nierenberg and a fellow Skidmore student went up and made an extremely amateur documentary about the place.
The long and short of it is that the State Capital (Albany) used to flood frequently and with understandably disastrous consequences. In 1932 the Upper Hudson River was damned up at one point, flooding a MASSIVE swath of, well- frankly- God's Country.
42 square miles and over 30 miles were drowned forever. The state claimed Eminent Domain and either seized or bought out countless farms and a massive amount of acreage and flooded an entire area of NYS, bordering on Adirondack Park.
HOWEVER, (essentially) two families, intermarrying for many generations (Allen and Kathans) REFUSED TO LEAVE, and formed a bizarre enclave far away from EVERYONE and EVERYTHING. A place that sociologists call "The Appalachia of The North", as the 1993 NYT Article denotes.
It's VERY far off the beaten path- no gas stations, stores, nothing at all anywhere within many miles....nothing except woods, and three roads that lead up into a mountain hollow/oblivion. I personally know two very frightening/odd stories- related firsthand. One involving a Social Worker who was accosted, the other a State Police Officer, who was called in (local police do not go up there) to investigate a reported stabbing and after much investigation/obfuscation from Residents was told by an elder statesmen of the place "We'll take care of it".
Admittedly, I have not been there myself. Frankly? Outsiders from this region are afraid to be considered quite unwelcome, trapped, or or worse.
But, I am hoping to make the trek next month (with appropriate provisions) and will take pictures to prove it. I've scoured the internet for about a year and if you can believe it Text. Can you imagine, in 2014, still nothing?
Google Maps and Earth are useless.
Hopefully I can share what I find out here.
Keep this conversation going and send me a message if you're interested.