Troy in Rensselaer County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Uncle Sam Monument
1766 1854 of Troy - New York
Born in Arlington - Mass
Sam Wilson- One of
the Prime Movers For
Incorporation of * Troy as Village - 1794
City - 1816 *
U.S. of America
* Originated During
War of 1812*
The Big Thing is Not What
Happens to Us in Life - But
What We Do About
What Happens to Us. -Sam Wilson
Location. 42° 43.969′ N, 73° 41.406′ W. Marker is in Troy, New York, in Rensselaer County. Marker is at the intersection of River Street (New York State Route 4) and Fulton Street, on the right when traveling south on River Street. Touch for map. The Uncle Sam Monument lends its name to the adjacent Uncle Sam Bus Stop. Marker is in this post office area: Troy NY 12180, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Locking Through (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Great Fire of 1862 (about 700 feet away); History of 1819 Fifth Avenue (approx. 0.2 miles away); W & L E Gurley Building T'was The Night Before Christmas (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Rescue of Charles Nalle (approx. 0.2 miles away); Welcome to the Collar City! (approx. 0.3 miles away); Church of the Holy Cross (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Troy.
Regarding Uncle Sam Monument. During the War of 1812, Samuel Wilson was a government supplies inspector. All provisions passing his inspection were stencilled 'U.S.,' giving rise to the nickname 'Uncle Sam.' Cartoons depicting 'Uncle Sam' first appeared in 1852. Whiskers and stars were later added. Congress declared 'Uncle Sam' Wilson progenitor of America's national symbol in 1961. He died in 1854 and is buried in Troy's Oakwood Cemetery.
The piece was sculpted by artist George Kratina, of sheet and cast aluminum, and features a full length male figure representing the national symbol, "Uncle Sam," standing atop a square aluminum base that rests on a circular brick base. The figure wears a billowing cape and stands in front of a barrel and a pile of bricks. The barrel represents the barrels Sam Wilson packed with meat for the U.S. Government, and
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. The Uncle Sam New York State Marker
Categories. • Patriots & Patriotism • Politics • War of 1812 •
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