“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Milford in Otsego County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Upper Susquehanna

Historic New York

Historic New York Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Scott J. Payne, September 24, 2016
1. Historic New York Marker
Inscription.  Rivers and streams flowing southward make this area a part of the great Susquehanna River Valley. Early fur traders from the Mohawk Valley dealt with Indians as far away as Oquaga(Now Windsor). Large colonial land grants were obtained by George Croghan around Otsego Lake and by Sir William Johnson along Charlotte Creek, but few settlers came until after the Revolution. Retaliating for Tory and Indian raids on Cherry Valley and Cobleskill, General James Clinton's troops came down the valley in 1779, floating on the dammed-up water from Otsego Lake, and forced the Indians to leave their devastated lands.

In 1786 William Cooper came from New Jersey, founded Cooperstown, and opened the land to settlers. Lumber and farm products were sent down river on rafts in periods of high water to markets as distant as Harrisburg and Baltimore. The Albany and Susquehanna Railroad, later a part of the Delaware and Hudson line, opened in 1869 and spurred economic development. Railroad shops were located in Oneonta and creameries and factories for milk products served the dairy farmer in the area. Traffic on improved highways has succeeded that on rails

Paid Advertisement
Click on the ad for more information.
Please report objectionable advertising to the Editor.
Click or scan to see
this page online
and river, stimulating resorts and centers of recreation.
Erected 1963 by Education Department State of New York Department of Public Works.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Historic New York State, and the The Sullivan-Clinton Expedition Against the Iroquois Indians series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1779.
Location. 42° 29.818′ N, 74° 58.968′ W. Marker is in Milford, New York, in Otsego County. Marker is on New York State Route 992G. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Milford NY 13807, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Colliersville Dam (approx. half a mile away); Authentic Oneonta Trolley Tracks (approx. 5 miles away); Swart-Wilcox House (approx. 5.7 miles away); John Sleeper’s Log House (approx. 5.9 miles away); Laurens, NY War Memorial (approx. 6.1 miles away); Town of Maryland Civil War Memorial (approx. 8.7 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 9 miles away); Abner Adams (approx. 9.3 miles away).
Historic New York Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Scott J. Payne, September 24, 2016
2. Historic New York Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on October 2, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 2, 2016, by Scott J. Payne of Deposit, New York. This page has been viewed 548 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 2, 2016, by Scott J. Payne of Deposit, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

Share this page.  
Share on Tumblr

CeraNet Cloud Computing sponsors the Historical Marker Database.
U.S. FTC REQUIRED NOTICE: This website earns income from qualified purchases you make on Thank you.
Paid Advertisements

Dec. 7, 2023