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Alden in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Secession & Reunion

 
 
Secession & Reunion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 8, 2014
1. Secession & Reunion Marker
Inscription.  It is believed that the residents of Town Line, NY met at the schoolhouse near this marker following the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861 and voted 80-45 to secede from the Union. The story is undocumented and their reasons are unknown.

With encouragement from President Harry S. Truman, Town Line residents gathered again in January 1946 at the schoolhouse, which had become a blacksmith shop, and voted 90-23 to officially return to the Union.
 
Erected 2013 by Alden Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #33 Harry S. Truman series list.
 
Location. 42° 53.449′ N, 78° 34.624′ W. Marker is in Alden, New York, in Erie County. Marker is on Broadway (U.S. 20) 0.1 miles east of Town Line Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alden NY 14004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Town Line, N.Y.
Westward View Secession & Reunion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 8, 2014
2. Westward View Secession & Reunion Marker
(about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of First Grist Mill (approx. 3.6 miles away); Marilla Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.6 miles away); The 150th Anniversary of the Start of the Civil War (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Willis Hotel (approx. 3.7 miles away); Marilla World War Honor Holl (approx. 3.7 miles away); Members of the United States Armed Forces (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Blacksmith Shop (approx. 3.8 miles away).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Town Line, N.Y. in the Civil War
 
Also see . . .  Town Line, NY - Wikipedia. (Submitted on July 10, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
Eastward View Secession & Reunion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 8, 2014
3. Eastward View Secession & Reunion Marker
Wide View Secession & Reunion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 8, 2014
4. Wide View Secession & Reunion Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 19, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 10, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 431 times since then and 19 times this year. Last updated on June 18, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 10, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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