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Cohoes in Albany County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Cohoes Mastodon

 
 
Cohoes Mastodon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, March 7, 2011
1. Cohoes Mastodon Marker
Inscription.
Site of
Cohoes
Mastodon

Found September 1866
Now in N. Y. State Museum

 
Erected 1932 by New York State Education Department.
 
Location. 42° 46.976′ N, 73° 42.41′ W. Marker is in Cohoes, New York, in Albany County. Marker is on North Mohawk Street near Front Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at the north end of the large former mill building known as Harmony Mills. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 North Mohawk St, Cohoes NY 12047, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Park Named Craner * Cohoes Recalls a Hero (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Misty 17 (about 700 feet away); The Cohoes Mastodont (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sightseeing / Cataract House, Cohoes Falls, N.Y. (approx. mile away); The Erie Canal (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cohoes - Waterford Bridge (approx. 0.6 miles away); White Homestead (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Power Mill for the Manufacture of Knit Fabrics (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cohoes.
 
Regarding Cohoes Mastodon. In excavating for the foundation of the north end of
Cohoes Mastodon Marker - North Mohawk Street & Front Street image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, April 2, 2010
2. Cohoes Mastodon Marker - North Mohawk Street & Front Street
the Harmony Mill #3 building, the bones of a mastodon were found. Subsequently the mill became popularly known as the "Mastodon Mill." The skeleton of this mammoth was presented to the State of New York, and it still remains on display at the State Museum in Albany.
 
Also see . . .
1. The City of Cohoes - The Cohoes Mastodon. (Submitted on March 19, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
2. New York State Museum - Ongoing Exhibitions :: The Cohoes Mastodon. (Submitted on March 19, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
 
Categories. Paleontology
 
Cohoes Mastodon Marker - Harmony Mill in Background image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, March 7, 2011
3. Cohoes Mastodon Marker - Harmony Mill in Background
Cohoes Mastodon Circa 1920 image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, March 23, 2011
4. Cohoes Mastodon Circa 1920
The Cohoes Mastodon was on display in the New York State Education building for many, many years.
Cohoes Mastodon circa 2006 image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, March 23, 2011
5. Cohoes Mastodon circa 2006
The Cohoes Mastodon was in front lobby of the Cultural Education Center from 1998 to 2006.
Cohoes Mastodon 2011 image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, March 23, 2011
6. Cohoes Mastodon 2011
The bones of the Cohoes Mastodon are now on display inside the museum, at this location since about 2006.
There is a Mastodon in the Cohoes Public Library image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, March 16, 2011
7. There is a Mastodon in the Cohoes Public Library
This is the first life-size restoration of an American mastodont (mammut Americanus) in the world. It was constructed at the New York State Museum in 1922 by Noah T. Clarke and Charles P. Heidenrich. For over half a century, millions of visitors saw this mastodont and the accompanying exhibits in the State Museum.

This restoration was based partly on the skeleton discovered September 1866 in a pot hole at the base of the Cohes Falls on the Mohawk River. Fifty feet of muck and peat covered the bones, which rested on a bed of clay and broken shale above a layer of water-worn pebbles and gravel.

Mastodons were relatively common in New York State near the end of the last Ice Age - 9,000 to 13,000 years ago. These "elehants with overcoats" browsed on twigs and branches of spruce, hemlock and pine. Undoubtedly extinction of the mastodon was aided by ancient man, who seeking food and hides, hunted these "cousins" of the modern elephant.
Cohoes Mastodon - Cohoes Public Library image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, March 16, 2011
8. Cohoes Mastodon - Cohoes Public Library
Cohoes Mastodon in New York State Museum 2011 image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, March 23, 2011
9. Cohoes Mastodon in New York State Museum 2011
This winter scene diorama of a mother and baby mastodon is currently on display in the New York State Museum in Albany.
 
 
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