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Oneonta Historian Jim Loudon – New Books, New Editions, New Prices!

February 6, 2011
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Dear Director,

Oneonta-area historian and railroad buff Jim Loudon has been busy! We’ve got a new book coming out and second edition of an old favorite just released, and to celebrate, we’ve lowered the price on another of his popular books — read on!

Do you remember Electric Lake?
It’s not what you think it is …
Detail from an Electric Lake postcard
Detail from a vintage
Electric Lake postcard

Electric Lake:
Oneonta’s Forgotten Gem
by Jim Loudon

Special pre-publication
discount price!

This book will be released in April of 2011, but until then you can order an author-signed copy at the special pre-publication discount.


In 1954, New York State Electric & Gas ceased operations at their Oneonta, New York hydro-electric power plant and drained a 50-acre pond known affectionately to area residents as "Electric Lake." Today, as motorists speed through Oneonta on I-88, only a stream remains of this largely forgotten gem of Oneonta’s past. Once the primary recreational site of a bustling railroad town, Electric Lake provided area residents with boating, fishing, swimming, and other outdoor activities. The lake also lent its resources to electric power for NYSEG, the D&H railroad shops, and the Oneonta Trolley Line, and was the source of material for the Oneonta Ice Company in winter. Now almost completely reclaimed by the natural world, the grounds are still haunted by remnants of the dam, railroad trestles, and boat launches. Not without its share of tragic events, the story of Electric Lake has been recovered by author and historian Jim Loudon, who has collected images, facts, and personal memories from those who can still recall this fond chapter in Oneonta’s history.

New Edition of The Oneonta Roundhouse
Oneonta Roundhouse - 2nd Edition cover
New cover for 2nd edition

The Oneonta Roundhouse
(2nd Edition)

by Jim Loudon


The Oneonta Roundhouse provides the definitive account of the birth, life, and death of the world’s largest railroad roundhouse, built in the early 1900s in Oneonta, New York.

In addition to the new cover, there are some other features and revisions to the new editon of this popular book, which has sold over 3200 copies worldwide.


Reduced Price on Leatherstocking Rails
Leatherstocking Rails - book coverLeatherstocking Rails:
A History of Railroading
Along the Upper Susquehanna

by Jim Loudon

$39.95 – old price
$29.95 – new price

Leatherstocking Rails is a detailed book about every railroad and trolley line that was ever built — or planned to be built — in Otsego County. Jim Loudon devotes one or more chapters to the following actual railroads: the Albany and Susquehanna; the Delaware and Hudson; the Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley; the Oneonta, Cooperstown and Richfield Springs trolley line; the Cherry Valley, Sharon and Albany; the Ulster and Delaware; and the Utica, Chenango and Susquehanna Valley, which became part of the Erie-Lackawanna. Lavishly illustrated with over 600 photographs, maps, drawings and documents.


2011 will prove to be an exciting year at Square Circle Press. We have at least five new titles coming out, new gift shop products, and plenty of author events we’re scheduling.

Tom Pullyblank’s new upstate historical novel, Napoleon’s Gold will be coming out in Spring, and he has lectures scheduled soon (more details coming next week).

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We are always looking to expand our catalog, so let us know if there’s something we can do to help you bring your work to publication. We especially like working with local history organizations on special projects and fundraiser items. Keep up the good work out there!

Richard Vang
Square Circle Press LLC


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