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Slingerlands in Albany County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Slingerlands Train Station

— Connecting People with Communities —

 
 
Slingerlands Train Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, November 8, 2019
1. Slingerlands Train Station Marker
Inscription.  
The freight house and post office were central businesses in small railroad communities.
In 1864, a year after the first train came through, a combination passenger and freight station was built, which remains today near Kenwood Avenue. In 1888, the building was moved to its present site and remodeled as a freight station. A grand passenger station was built that same year where the firehouse stands today.

How Slingerlands Got Its Name
Formerly known as Normanskill, Slingerlands is named for the prominent Slingerlands family who settled here in the 1790s. When the railroad arrived in 1863, Slingerlands was an established hamlet with 520 residents, a post office, stores, and a school.

A Victorian Neighborhood
The community soon capitalized on the station, with many railroad executives building their homes here. One was Charles Hammond, the Director of the Northern Division of the D&H Railroad. He built his Victorian-style home in 1876 within view of the Slingerlands station.

Top Right Photo: A map of Slingerlands in 1893. The train station does
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not show on this map. The four buildings shown on the south side of the rail line remain today on Kenwood Avenue.

Bottom Right Photo: An aerial view of the Slingerlands Railroad Station with New Scotland Road in the background.

Bottom Left Photo: A modern diesel locomotive hauling freight cars charges east past the old freight house in 1962.
 
Erected by Albany Count Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1864.
 
Location. 42° 37.729′ N, 73° 51.721′ W. Marker is in Slingerlands, New York, in Albany County. Marker is on Kenwood Avenue, 0.1 miles east of New Scotland Avenue (New York State Route 85), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Slingerlands NY 12159, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail (a few steps from this marker); Slingerland Family Burial Vault Erected 1852 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Albert Slingerland House (approx. ¼ mile away); Slingerland Home (approx. ¼ mile away); Andrew Conning (approx. 0.3 miles away); Slingerlands National Historic District
Slingerlands Train Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, November 8, 2019
2. Slingerlands Train Station Marker
(approx. ¾ mile away); Burial Site of Soldiers of the Revolutionary War (approx. one mile away); LaGrange Farm (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Slingerlands.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 8, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 648 times since then and 125 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 8, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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