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Warrensburg in Warren County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Warrensburg Historical Park

Warrensburg’s Historic Mill District

 
 
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By Steve Stoessel, May 16, 2020
1. Warrensburg Historical Park Marker
Inscription.  Timber, water, location..this winning combination sparked development and fortunes of early Warrensburgh.

Adirondack forests of hemlock, pine &spruce attracted lumbermen. A meandering Schroon River powered various mills along its banks and transported logs to mills in Warrensburgh & Glens Falls. Warrensburgh's central location in Warren County helped to develop the region's commercial activity. Early entrepreneurs activated a burst of creative endeavor that lasted throughout the 19th century.

All manufacturing centered around the Schroon River and its dam north of the Judd Bridge. Sawmills produced lumber; a grist mill ground grain into flour. The tannery not only tanned leather but made leather for shoe soles. The peg mill fashioned shoe pegs for the German army and then made clothespins. Farmers took their freshly shorn wool to the carding mill for cleaning & combing. A potash factory operated to obtain from wood ashes the lye used in making soaps. A paper mill transformed wood pulp into paper. The planing mill planed lumber; the sash & blind mill fabricated window sashes and blinds. Later, factories manufactured quality
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men's shirts and fashionable shirt waists for ladies. A woolen mill turned out wool, and a pants factory yielded "salt & pepper” heavy woolen trousers and vests that gained fame as Warrensburgh woolens. One mill was transformed into the power house for the trolley line. The town had its own electric company and a telephone & telegraph company.

The early 1900's spelled the end of most manufacturing in town, the result of declining natural resources, fires and cheaper methods of production. Of the original mills, the only one that remains is the former D.E. Pasco Grist Mill.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 43° 29.342′ N, 73° 46.713′ W. Marker is in Warrensburg, New York, in Warren County. Marker is at the intersection of River Street (New York State Route 418) and Commercial Drive, on the left when traveling north on River Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Warrensburg NY 12885, 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. Trolley Power (within shouting distance of this marker); Warrensburg (approx. half a mile away); Floyd Bennett Memorial (approx. half a mile away); The Town of Warrensburgh (approx. half a mile away); Warrensburgh Bicentennial Garden
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By Steve Stoessel, May 16, 2020
3. Warrensburg Historical Park Marker
(approx. 0.7 miles away); Dedicated to All Veterans (approx. 0.9 miles away); Dedicated in Honor (approx. 0.9 miles away); Charles R. Bishop Childhood Home (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Warrensburg.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 17, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 70 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 17, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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