Frankfort in Herkimer County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Historic New York
Situated on the important Mohawk Valley route between the Hudson River and the Great Lakes, Utica has long been a travel crossroads. Indian trails converged there, and Fort Schuyler was built on the site in 1758. The community which grew around the fort's ruins became the village of Utica in 1798.
During the American Revolution, patriot militia under General Nicholas Herkimer at Oriskany on August 6, 1777, halted an invasion by the British compelling them to raise the siege of Fort Stanwix (Rome). Tories and Indians raided Mohawk Valley communities until 1781. With peace, land speculators reopened the area to settlement.
Governor De Witt Clinton at Rome in 1817 started the construction of the Erie Canal, completed in 1825. The Erie Canal, its Chenango branch to Binghamton (1836) and railroad service (1837) increased Utica's importance as a transportation center, and the area prospered. Industrial production started early with textile mills along Sauquoit and Oriskany Creeks. At Ilion, Eliphalet Remington pioneered in manufacturing firearms. Rome became famous for its iron, copper and brass
Makers of electrical and electronic equipment have replaced textile factories, while fertile farmlands continue to provide dairy products.
Erected 1965 by New York State Education Department.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Industry & Commerce • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Historic New York State series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1758.
Location. 43° 4.571′ N, 75° 6.181′ W. Marker is in Frankfort, New York, in Herkimer County. Marker is on NY Thruway (U.S. I-90), on the right when traveling west. Marker is located Schuyler Travel Plaza on the New York Thruway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Frankfort NY 13340, 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. Steuben Memorial (here, next to this marker); Henrich Staring (approx. 0.4 miles away); Heinrich Staring (approx. 0.4 miles away); Potash Factory (approx. 1.8 miles away); New Petersburgh Fort (approx. 1.9 miles away); General Herkimer Camped Near This Spot. (approx. 2.3 miles away); Mary Myers (approx. 2.8 miles away); Balloon Farm (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frankfort.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 4, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 448 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 4, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.