This Columbia County map has hung on the wall of the Bell’s Pond XtraMart for years. Over time, the map has become discolored, worn and even torn from people pointing to Bell’s Pond on the map.
You can also faint, greasy lines along the roads emanating from Bell’s Pond toward likely destinations (the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, the Taconic Parkway exit, Lake Taghkanic, the Claverack light).
This site will periodically feature other examples of wear and tear, erosion, and other patterns of use. If you spot an example, don’t hesitate to send your photo via email.