In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace — and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.
— Orson Welles (Harry Lime, in The Third Man)
Here are some nice pictures of the Catskills.
Here is some material on the geologic history of the Catskills.
If you're a PETA sympathizer, rest assured that "Catskill" has nothing to do with killing cats! The name was bestowed by Captain Henry Hudson in 1609, in honor of Dutch poet Jan Kaats. Actually, a creek (kill in Dutch) flowing into the [Hudson] river received the name (Kaats Kill). By extension, the range of low mountains to the west, from which the Kaats Kill flowed, became known as the Kaatskill Mountains. Over time, the name transmorgified into Catskill, although some places (e.g., the Kaaterskill Falls) retain the old spelling. The town of Catskill, in Greene County, also took the name from the creek.
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