Plattsburgh in Clinton County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Heart of a Thriving Community
These industrial uses have had significant environmental impacts on the river. The most notable of these impacts has been soil contamination from the New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) manufactured gas plant on the riverbank just upstream from this site. Coal tar and petroleum products used to produce flammable gas at the facility from the late 19th century until 1960 have been found in river sediments.
In recent decades, a concerted effort has been made to restore water quality and reconnect people to the river - important steps for building a thriving community in the 21st century. Remediation of the NYSEG property has been a priority. Contaminated sediments are being removed, and riverbanks are being stabilized to prevent erosion.
MacDonough Park - where you are now standing - and Champlain Park have
The community's priorities for use of the river have changed over time, but it has always been the lifeblood of the region. What do you value most about the river?
"Plattsburgh... is a thriving city of 8,000 inhabitants. It is of considerable economic importance, being on the direct line between New York and Montreal. Plattsburgh is thoroughly cosmopolitan, with an opinion to offer on every question of the day."
-Seneca Ray Stoddard, 1905
The 1869 F.W. Beers map reveals a community with a thriving commercial and industrial base. Foundries, saw mills, woolen mills, machine shops, and a variety ofother businesses relied on the Saranac River.
The Williams Company produced sewing machines and typewriters at its plant atPine and Battery Streets between 1881 and 1922. Like many other Plattsburgh businesses, it thrived with the help of the river and the railroad. Photo: ClintonCounty Historical Association
Landlocked Atlantic salmon runs have started to rebound in the three-mile
Erected by Lake Champlain Basin Program, Saranac River Trail, Discover Plattsburgh, NEIWPCC.
Location. 44° 41.944′ N, 73° 27.063′ W. Marker is in Plattsburgh, New York, in Clinton County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of City Hall Place (U.S. 9) and Trinity Place, on the right when traveling north. Marker is in Macdonough Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Plattsburgh NY 12901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. MacDonough Monument (a few steps from this marker); Thomas Macdonough Memorial Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Macdonough Monument - 1926 (within shouting distance of this marker); City Hall - 1917 (within shouting distance of this marker); Loyal L. Smith (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ark (within shouting distance of this marker); Trinity Square - 1803 (within shouting distance of this marker); War Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plattsburgh.
Also see . . .
1. Plattsburgh (Wikipedia). (Submitted on October 17, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.)
2. History of the Town of Plattsburgh. (Submitted on October 17, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 16, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 32 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on October 16, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. 2. submitted on October 17, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. 3, 4. submitted on October 16, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.