De Kalb in Saint Lawrence County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The St. Lawrence Plain
Historic New York
Although the French maintained an Indian mission from 1746 to 1756 at the mouth of the Oswegatchie, Ogdensburg became the first settlement in 1796. In 1791, Alexander Macomb bought four million acres in the "North Country". Purchasers from Macomb surveyed the land and opened it to settlers, many of whom were New Englanders. The St. Lawrence Turnpike constructed in 1810 from Malone to Carthage improved transpotation. Railroads after 1850 led to more rapid development of the region.
Agriculture, dairying, and maple sugar provided the basic economy. Potash production for export was an early local enterprise. Paper mills used the abundant supply of water power which later was harnessed to supply electrical energy. Lead, zinc and talc are found in large quantities. Near Star Lake is the world's largest open-cut magnetite iron mine. Massena is a center for aluminum production. The St. Lawrence Seaway and the New York State Power development add much to the area's economy.
Erected 1963 by New York
Marker series. This marker is included in the Historic New York marker series.
Location. 44° 28.902′ N, 75° 18.104′ W. Marker is in De Kalb, New York, in Saint Lawrence County. Marker is on U.S. 11 0.2 miles west of East De Kalb Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in a rest area across from Hermon-DeKalb Central School. Marker is in this post office area: De Kalb Junction NY 13630, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. DeKalb Junction (approx. 2.2 miles away); War of 1812 (approx. 2.4 miles away); Silas Wright (approx. 10 miles away); Canton's Islands / Falls Island in 1898 (approx. 10.1 miles away); The King Iron Bowstring Bridge (approx. 10.1 miles away); Brewer Bookstore (approx. 10.1 miles away); The West Channel of the Grasse River (approx. 10.1 miles away); The Grist Mill (approx. 10.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in De Kalb.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 188 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 30, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.