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Troy in Rensselaer County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Lansingburgh

 
 
Lansingburgh Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 20, 2018
1. Lansingburgh Marker
Inscription.

First chartered village in Rensselaer County, New York, USA and was settled around 1763. The name is from Abraham Lansing, an early settler, combined with the Scottish word burgh.

Street Docks at 123rd Street During the First Quarter of the 20th Century.
Most of the boats shown here were built in Lansingburgh. Peebles Island and Waterford are in the background. The marina and boat launch have been restored.

Canal Boats Waiting to Enter the Erie Canal at Waterford.
The [L]ansingburgh shoreline, the United Shirt & Collar Company building, and the Lansingburgh Power Plant (the building with the smokestack) can be seen in the background. Both the Erie and Champlain Canals were located at Waterford.

Herman Melville's Home, First Avenue and 114th Street.
Famed novelist Herman Melville, best known for Moby Dick, spent his youth here and wrote his first two novels at this house. It is now the Lansingburgh Historical Society. The house is also interesting in that its entrance is not on First Avenue, like the other homes in that area.

The United Shirt & Collar Company Ironer Department.
Hundreds of local wom[e]n had jobs here doing a variety of chores.

The Residence of Former U.S. President Chester A. Arthur (1881-1885) at 626 First Avenue in

Lansingburgh Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 20, 2018
2. Lansingburgh Marker
Looking west across the Hudson River
1846.
Arthur went to Union College in Schenectady at the age of 15 in 1845, and taught school in the one-room brick schoolhouse (still standing) of School District # 14, in the town of Schaghticoke on Verbeck Street. By doing so he earned $15a month.
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112th St. Park sponsored by North Lansingburgh Neighborhood Watch
Dedicated in 2009 as part of the Hudson River Quadra-Centennial Celebration

 
Location. 42° 46.291′ N, 73° 40.81′ W. Marker is in Troy, New York, in Rensselaer County. Marker is at the intersection of 112th Street (New York State Route 470) and 1st Avenue, on the right when traveling west on 112th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9/11 Memorial (AKA 112th Street) Park, Troy NY 12182, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. September 11th Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Herman Melville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Knickerbacker Toll Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Van Schaick Island (approx. mile away); Van Schaick Burial Plot (approx. 0.4 miles away); Van Schaick Mansion (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Van Schaick Mansion (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Van Schaick Mansion (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Troy.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lansingburgh, New York at Wikipedia. (Submitted on March 27, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Town of Lansingburgh in Landmarks of Rensselaer County (Anderson, 1897). (Submitted on March 27, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 27, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 27, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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