Mechanicville in Saratoga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
First Linked to Rail in 1835
major yards were built by
Hoosic Tunnel, D&H, Fitchburg
& B&M Lines. By 1912 it was third largest yard in U.S.A
Erected by City of Mechanicville.
Location. 42° 54.427′ N, 73° 41.574′ W. Marker is in Mechanicville, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker is on Davenport Estates, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mechanicville NY 12118, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Canal Square (approx. ¼ mile away); Gen. Henry Knox Trail (approx. 0.4 miles away); Col. Ellsworth (approx. half a mile away); Harmanus Schuyler Mansion (approx. 2.7 miles away); Schuyler Mansion (approx. 2.7 miles away); Stillwater World War I Memorial (approx. 2.7 miles away); a different marker also named Gen. Henry Knox Trail (approx. 2.7 miles away); Stillwater Blockhouse (approx. 2.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicville.
1. XO Tower
First appearing here in 1835, the iron horse left its mark on Mechanicville. By the mid-1920's,
Thought the marker does not mention the XO tower by name, it was a very important part of operations in the Mechanicville Yard. The XO Tower was placed in service by the Delaware & Hudson railroad (D&H) in 1922, and was closed by 1985. The city purchased the tower for $1 from D&H shortly thereafter. In the year 2000 former Mechanicville Mayor Thomas Higgins said the city had received a $41,000 grant from the governor's office to restore the XO tower, and last year, in April of 2010, Mayor Anthony Sylvester had read a resolution at a meeting of the Mechaniville City Council which stated that the City would lease the XO tower to the Heritage Society and the Mechanicville Chamber of Commerce for 5 years. Mechanicville Supervisor, Tom Richardson, said that the City of Mechanicville owned the building and hoped in a few months  to have the second floor open to the public with a display of what the Mechaniville rail yard looked like back in its glory days.
— Submitted March 12, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.
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