Altamont in Albany County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Great Fire
Altamont, New York
—The Museum in the Streets —
ON 30 APRIL 1886, FIRE TORE through the business district of Knowersville, leveling all five buildings of the Lockwood Estate, including the drug and dry goods store of Davenport & Fredericks, the carriage factory of VanBenscoten & Warner, the shoe store of James Ostrander, the blacksmith shop of John Friday, and the tin shop and residence of Charles Taber. Also lost were the meeting rooms of Noah Lodge 754, F. & A. M, and those of Triumph Lodge 388, I. O. G. T. The row of buildings opposite the church was destroyed in the fire, approximately 123 to 137 Maple Avenue The cause of the fire was never definitively determined. In the fire's aftermath, a movement for reliable fire protection began, leading to the incorporation of the Village and the creation of a fire department.
Erected by Hudson River Valley Greenway. (Marker Number 13.)
Location. 42° 42.15′ N, 74° 2.004′ W. Marker is in Altamont, New York, in Albany County. Marker is on Maple Road (New York State Route 146), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Altamont NY 12009, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Enterprise Building (a few steps from this marker); Fire Department/Village Hall (a few steps from this marker); The Carriage Works (within shouting distance of this marker); Beebe Harness Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincoln Avenue School (within shouting distance of this marker); St. John’s Lutheran Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Altamont (about 500 feet away); Home Front Cafe (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Altamont.
Categories. • Disasters •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photo 1. submitted on March 26, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.