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The Museum in the Streets®: Altamont, New York Historical Markers

Altamont Free Library Marker Detail - Altamont Station Photo image, Touch for more information
By Howard C. Ohlhous, March 24, 2018
Altamont Free Library Marker Detail - Altamont Station Photo
1New York, Albany County, Altamont — 2 — Altamont Free Library / Biblioteca Libre de AltamonteAltamont, New York — The Museum In The Streets —
The Village's First Freight and passenger train station was built in 1864, only months after the first train passed through Knowersville. In 1896 the old station was moved south along the tracks. In 1897, it was replaced by the . . . Map (db m115732) HM
2New York, Albany County, Altamont — Map — Altamont, New YorkThe Museum in the Streets
Welcome to Altamont The Village of Altamont and its immediate surroundings were once part of a tract of land deeded in 1630 by the Dutch West India Company to Killian Van Rensselaer (c. 1586-1643),a wealthy 17th century Dutch . . . Map (db m132693) HM
3New York, Albany County, Altamont — 10 — Beebe Harness Shop / Tienda de Arneses BeebeAltamont, New York — The Museum in the Streets —
In 1887, Charles V. Beebe received a patent for an easy riding, swing attachment for farm equipment seats. In 1891,he moved to Altamont and opened a harness shop in the Ostrander Building, in what is now 125 Maple Avenue. In 1895, . . . Map (db m131475) HM
4New York, Albany County, Altamont — 12 — Enterprise Building / Edificio EnterpriseAltamont, New York — The Museum in the Streets —
In 1879, James Ostrander bought a large lot on Church Street, and built a thriving shoe business. In 1882, he sold a portion of the lot to Charles Taber, who opened a tin shop on the site. Both businesses were lost in the 1886 fire, . . . Map (db m131455) HM
5New York, Albany County, Altamont — 11 — Fire Department / Village Hall / Cuerpo de Bomberos / AyuntamientoAltamont, New York — The Museum in the Streets —
The Altamont Hose Company No. 1 was organized in May 1893, with 25 citizens appointed as members by the Village Trustees. The Company's first location was rented space at the Temperance Hall on Lincoln Avenue. In 1926, the Company . . . Map (db m131453) HM
6New York, Albany County, Altamont — 8 — Home Front Café / Café Home FrontAltamont, New York — The Museum in the Streets —
On 2 April 1864, David Becker purchased an acre of land from Conrad Crounse for $400, along the newly laid railroad tracks. On this land, Silas Hilton and Benjamin Crounse built a dry goods store, with rooms to let upstairs. The . . . Map (db m131500) HM
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7New York, Albany County, Altamont — 27 — KnowersvilleAltamont, New York — Museum In The Streets —
Few settlers ventured into the wilderness prior to the War of Independence. Roads were barely expanded trails between settlements. The Great Western Turnpike (now US Route 20) carried travelers west from Albany. Following ancient . . . Map (db m133581) HM
8New York, Albany County, Altamont — 15 — Lincoln Avenue School / Escuela Lincoln AvenueAltamont, New York — Museum in the Streets —
By 1879, the population of Knowersville had grown sufficiently to merit the construction of a larger school, and the hamlet's third school building was constructed that year on School Street, later renamed Lincoln Avenue. The Lincoln . . . Map (db m131471) HM
9New York, Albany County, Altamont — 1 — Orsini Park / Parque OrsiniAltamont, New York — The Museum in the Streets —
Orsini Park was carved from land the Albany & Susquehanna Railroad purchased from George Severson (1794-1883) in the early 1850s for the railroad's right-of-way. In addition to the railroad tracks, the land included room for a depot, . . . Map (db m131477) HM WM
10New York, Albany County, Altamont — 16 — St. John’s Lutheran Church / Iglesia Luterna St. JohnAltamont, New York — The Museum in the Streets —
St. John’s Lutheran Church, designed by Albany architect Charles Nichols and built by contractor George Rockefeller in 1871-72 was the first church built in Knowersville. The original church building was 42 x 62 feet and, completely . . . Map (db m131427) HM
11New York, Albany County, Altamont — 14 — The Carriage Works / Fábrica de TransportesAltamont, New York — The Museum in the Streets —
Henry Lockwood built the first carriage factory in Knowersville in 1874. The VanBenscoten brothers and Charles B. Warner operated the business until the April 1886 Great Fire consumed the original building and much of the stock. . . . Map (db m131468) HM
12New York, Albany County, Altamont — 5 — The Fredendall Funeral Home/La Funeraria FredendallAltamont, New York — The Museum in the Streets —
The Fredendall Funeral Home is the oldest continuously operated business in Altamont. In 1877, cabinet maker John Thierolf arrived in the village from Albany and soon established a thriving furniture business. Wood crafters were often . . . Map (db m145181) HM
13New York, Albany County, Altamont — 13 — The Great Fire / El Gran IncendioAltamont, New York — The Museum in the Streets —
On 30 April 1886, Fire Tore through the business district of Knowersville, leveling all five buildings of the Lockwood Estate, including the drug and dry goods store of Davenport & Fredericks, the carriage factory of VanBenscoten & . . . Map (db m131465) HM
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14New York, Albany County, Altamont — 4 — Wayside Inn / Posada WaysideAltamont, New York — The Museum in the Streets —
George Severson (1766-1813), a grandson of Jurrian Severson, one of the area's first settlers, built the Wayside Inn ca. 1785 along the wagon track that is now Main Street. The site of the Inn was approximately half way between the . . . Map (db m145191) HM
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Mar. 31, 2023