Here's a bit of history for your nice new water bottle:
"I inherited several old 5 gal carboys from my Great Uncle Ralph. Two of them have Pine Hill Crystal Spring Water New York etched in them in 5/8 to Â¾ inch characters (not too easy to see); the other one has it molded in the glass with raised lettering approximately 1 Â¾ to 2-inch characters.
Thinking these were old, like Joe says I did a little digging. Discovered that Pine Hill Crystal Spring Water Company of New York was established in 1885 when the railroad finally made its way to that part of Upstate New York. They bottled water from the springs and sent it to NYC by rail. This lasted until 1933 when an explosion destroyed the company and nearly the local fire department (a majority of the firefighters were sent to the hospital for exposure to toxic smoke). Discovering that these carboys might have a history, and might be at least 77 years old, besides being a family heirloom (My Great Uncle Ralph surely used it for winemaking and now thinking that my Great Grandfather possible used them, I retired those carboys and now they are just keepsakes." From.
Pine Hill takes its name from the steep ascent rising towards Belleayre that famously challenged travelers and settlers heading west. Although settled during the late 1700â€™s, Pine Hill came into its own when the railroad reached it in 1872. Soon thereafter, the hamlet became a thriving resort. Summer visitors poured in to enjoy its spectacular scenery, clean air and pure water. Accommodations lined every street, the larger hotels bearing grand-sounding or romantic names, such as the Wellington and the Avon Inn. Home to two bowling alleys, two newspapers, several churches and stores, a silent movie theater, a stately stone library, and the Crystal Spring Water Company, Pine Hill was justly called the â€œSaratoga of the Catskillsâ€." From.
"The Sound of Moving Water
Mountain creeks lace the village, making the murmur of moving water your constant companion as you meander. Historic stone arch bridges complete the picturesque landscape. Water figures importantly in the history of Pine Hill, famous in an earlier day for its Crystal Spring Water Company, a bottling operation that ran nine carloads of water weekly to New York City between 1885 and 1933." From.