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

City of Watervliet

 
 
City of Watervliet Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 9, 2012
1. City of Watervliet Marker
Inscription. The land now occupied by the City of Watervliet is part of a tract purchased by the first Patroon, Kiliaen van Rensselaer in 1630 from the Mohican or River Indians. The tract was within a large area on the west side of the Hudson River named Wely's Dael, in honor of the Patroon's wife Anna van Wely. Arendt van Curler, a tenant of the Patroon, began to cultivate the land in 1643. The farm area was later sold by Richard van Rensselaer to Philip Pieterse Schuyler and Bastiaen de Winter.

Prominent features of early Watervliet were the Steen Hoeck or Stone Point nearby on the bank of the Hudson, a beginning point for early land surveys, river ferries from 1710 and on 14th, 15th and 16th Streets which carried Revolutionary War Soldiers on their way to the battle of Saratoga, the Watervliet Arsenal established in 1813, the Erie Canal running the length of the City completed in 1825, and a foundry nearby to the north established in 1808 by Julius Hanks and later operated by Andrew Meneely for the manufacture of bells.

The City of Watervliet embracing the earlier settlements of Port Schuyler, Washington, Gibbonsville and West Troy was incorporated May 26, 1896.

Compiled and Researched by
M. E. Gilchrist and
Sandra Tabor

1981
 
Erected 1981.
 
Location.
City of Watervliet Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 9, 2012
2. City of Watervliet Marker
The City of Watervliet marker is behind the Civil War Parrott Rifle. Watervliet City Hall is across the street in the background.
42° 43.552′ N, 73° 42.01′ W. Marker is in Watervliet, New York, in Albany County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway and 15th Street, on the right when traveling south on Broadway. Touch for map. The marker is next to the Civil War Cannon, which is across 15th Street from Watervliet City Hall. Marker is in this post office area: Watervliet NY 12189, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Parrott Rifle (here, next to this marker); Meneely Foundry (within shouting distance of this marker); Saint Patrick's Church Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); The Nalle Rescue (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); U.S. Army 3 Inch M5 Antitank Gun (approx. 0.2 miles away); Peter J. Dalessandro (approx. 0.2 miles away); Uncle Sam (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mayor James F. Cavanaugh (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Watervliet.
 
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City of Watervliet Marker and City Hall image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 16, 2012
3. City of Watervliet Marker and City Hall
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 9, 2012, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 455 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 9, 2012, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   3. submitted on August 19, 2012, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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