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

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The Elsmere Train Station

 
 
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Photographed By Steve Stoessel, November 15, 2021
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Inscription.  
The Elsmere Train Station
The hamlet of Elsmere represents the influence which railroads had on the growth of suburban communities. In 1863, when the first A&S Railroad train left Adams Station for Albany, the area now known as Elsmere was mostly farmland. Families began to build houses, and only three decades later the D&H Railroad recognized the area as a "rapidly growing suburban village.”

The Elsmere Train Station
Residents of this growing suburb successfully petitioned the D&H for their own railroad station. The station was built adjacent to Elsmere Avenue in 1899, only a 20 minute walk east of Adams Station.

How Elsmere Got Its Name
According to the D&H, the station was named Elsmere from the popular novel "Robert Elsmere,” which was published in 1888. The name "Elsmere” was suggested for the railroad station by J. White Strong, an executive with the D&H who resided in Slingerlands. Eventually, the surrounding hamlet took on the name of the railroad station the same way that the hamlet of Delmar took its name from its station.

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looking east at the Elsmere Train Station before the railroad bridge was constructed. The building on the left still stands today on the corner of Booth Road and Elsworth Avenue.

(Lower right photo:) View looking north from Elsmere Avenue crossing towards Delaware Avenue.

(map caption:) A map of Delmar in 1893. The Elsmere Train Station does not appear on this map as it was built later in 1899.
 
Erected by Albany County Rail Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1863.
 
Location. 42° 37.506′ N, 73° 49.219′ W. Marker is in Elsmere, New York, in Albany County. Marker can be reached from Elsmere Ave. Marker is on the bike path 50 yards east of Elsmere Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Delmar NY 12054, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail (here, next to this marker); Town of Bethlehem Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Leonard Farm Site (approx. ¾ mile away); Delmar (approx. 0.8 miles away); Albert Slingerland House (approx. 1.9 miles away);
Connecting People With Communities Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, November 15, 2021
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Andrew Conning (approx. 2 miles away); First Plastic (approx. 2 miles away); The Slingerlands Train Station (approx. 2.1 miles away).
 
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Photographed By Steve Stoessel, November 15, 2021
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 15, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 306 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 15, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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