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"Kingston, a city, the capital of Ulster co., N.Y., on the Hudson River, and on the West Shore Railroad, 88 miles above New York City, and 53 miles S. of Albany. It is also on the Ulster & Delaware Railroad, and is a terminus of the Wallkill Valley Railroad. Kingston contains a city hall, a free hospital, a court-house, 15 churches, a con vent, an orphanage, a Catholic academy, 3 national banks, 3 savings-banks, 2 academies, a high school, 5 first-class hotels, and printing-offices which issue 3 daily and 4 weekly newspapers. It has 5 breweries, 2 tanneries, 3 iron-foundries, 5 brick-yards, 3 steam flour-mills, and manufactures of cement, lime, cigars, brushes, shirts, steam-boilers, sash, blinds, soap, candles, &c. It was made a city in 1872, the village of Rondout being a part of the new corporation. Pop. in 1890,21,985. Kingston township is bounded on the E. by the Hudson River. Large quantities of building and flagstones are exported from it."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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Old Senate House, Erected 1676, Kingston, N.Y.

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  • 1650 - Kingston founded
    Settled by the Dutch as Esopus, renamed in 1664 by the English.
  • In 1654, Johan de Hulter, owner of 20% of the Killian van Rensselaer Company was granted a patent,
    together with the patents of Christoffel Davids, and Jacob Jansen Stoll, this supplies evidence of the first permanent settlement, that grows into... Read MORE...

  • In 1777, the capital of New York State (the first state capital of independent New York) was established at Kingston, though it was subsequently moved to Kerhonkson when the British burned Kingston.
  • 1871 - Kingston
    Kingston was incorporated by patent, May 19, 1667, and was recognized as a town, May 1, 1702. It was called by the Indians Atkankarten. Fox Hall... Read MORE...

  • News  1885 - Two young women school-teachers at Kingston, N.Y., are sharpshooters, and can snuff a candle at twenty yards.
    St. Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    December 26, 1885
  • News  1886 - "Egg Sociables"
    are now prevalent in Kingston, N.Y. Every young lady brings an egg along, writing her name on it. Each young man draws one of these eggs out of a... Read MORE...

    Two Houses Wrecked at Kingston, the Inmates Badly Injured, and the Telephone System Disabled - Great Damage to Grain and Fruit Crops Along the... Read MORE...

  • News  1894 - A FATAL EXPLOSION - Four Men Killed and Three Buildings Blown to Pieces.
    An explosion that shook nearly every house in Kingston N. Y., and in all directions within a radius of ten miles from Rifton occurred at 7.55... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Kingston, a city, the capital of Ulster co., N.Y., on the Hudson River, at the mouth of Rondout Creek, and on the West Shore, the Ulster and Delaware ... Read MORE...

    200 Tons of Coal Piled up at Albany Avenue Bridge When Wheel Breaks and Derails 8 Cars - O. & W. Terminal Used by U. & D.

    Sunday afternoon about...

  • News  1926 - Seriously Hurt In a Runaway
    May Kantrowitz of 92 Broadway Hurled From Wagon as Horse Ran Away on Andrew Street - In Unconscious Condition at Kingston City Hospital.

    Max...

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