Rotterdam in Schenectady County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
As Schenectady grew, it became incorporated as a city in 1798. During this time of American expansion and identity building, Schenectady made its own name for itself. Union College—the United States' first non-denominational college.
Today's historic Stockade homes are preserved in part because of a devastating fire. In 1819, flames destroyed over 150 buildings, including much of Schenectady's business district. After the fire, Schenectadians chose to rebuild their businesses along State Street, leaving the Stockade as a quiet, residential neighborhood with limited growth and change.
In the 1800s Schenectady's place on the Mohawk River made it an important transportation center, connecting the Hudson River to the Great Lakes westward. When the Erie Canal opened in 1825, it made an island of the Stockade area between the canal and the Mohawk River. Adding to Schenectady's fame as a place of industry and transportation was the opening of the Mohawk & Hudson Railroad in 1831, the very first rail line built in New York State.
Schenectady was quickly becoming a center for technology and innovation, a designation underscored by the arrival of Thomas Edison. In 1886, moved his Edison Machine Works to SchenectadyAmerican Locomotive Company (ALCO), another major manufacturer. Together, these great industrial enterprises gave Schenectady the moniker, "The City that Lights and Hauls the World".
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1661.
Location. 42° 49.058′ N, 73° 57.132′ W. Marker is in Rotterdam, New York, in Schenectady County. Marker is on The loop to SUNY/Schenectady, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Schenectady NY 12306, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Early Frontier (here, next to this marker); George S. Haswell III (within shouting distance of this marker); Gateway Landing (within shouting distance of this marker); Circa 1824 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Home of Aaron Dickinson (approx. 0.2 miles away); ca 1786 (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1832-1838 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Robert Sanders House 1750 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rotterdam.
More about this marker. The marker was funded in part by the Federal Highway Administration and administered by the New York State Scenic Byways Program at the New York State Department of Transportation. A local match for this funding was provided by the coalition of municipalities along the Byway corridor including Waterford, Cohoes, Halfmoon, Colonie, Clifton Park, Niskayuna and Schenectady. Content for the interpretive message was a joint effort by the Stockade Association, Schenectady County Historical Society, miSci, and Friends of the Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway. Schenectady County Department of Public Works installed the kiosk during the summer of 2018.
Also see . . .
1. City of Schenectady. (Submitted on March 17, 2020, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Schenectady, New York (Wikipedia)(Submitted on March 17, 2020, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2020, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 70 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 16, 2020, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.