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Mechanicville in Saratoga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Historic Yards

 
 
Historic Yards Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, February 20, 2011
1. Historic Yards Marker
Inscription.
Historic Yards
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. 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.
 
Additional comments.
1. XO Tower
First appearing here in 1835, the iron horse left its mark on Mechanicville. By the mid-1920's,
Historic Yards Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, June 9, 2007
2. Historic Yards Marker
local yards were switching 4000 cars a day, making Mechanicville the third largest reclassification yard in the US. At its peak, the B&M and D&H's combined employment reached 1100 prior to WWII.

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 [2011] 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.

 
Additional keywords.
Historic Yards Marker and XO Tower image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, February 20, 2011
3. Historic Yards Marker and XO Tower
D&H, Delaware and Hudson, Delaware & Hudson XO Tower X0 Tower
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
XO Tower at the Head of the Historic Yards in Mechanicville image. Click for full size.
Collection of Gordon Smith, circa 1920s
4. XO Tower at the Head of the Historic Yards in Mechanicville
XO Tower - West Side image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, February 20, 2011
5. XO Tower - West Side
 
 
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