January 26, 2023

New Podcast Available Now- Hell’s Acres: Bare Knuckle Boxing in the Taconic Mountains

A New York Minute in History

This article originally appeared on the WAMC Podcasts website.

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. Read more...