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Newburgh, New York, USA - View from Ruggles House, Newburgh American Scenery,  by N.P. Willis, Illustrated by William Henry Bartlett, 1840

America’s Smallest Forest (348 square feet) has only one tree, an Eastern Cottonwood that is over 302 years old and thought to be the oldest in the United States. The Balmville Tree outside Newburgh is on the national Register of Historic Places as well as the New York State Register.

The first outdoor flea market in the U.S. was held in Newburgh in 1752.


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Newburgh Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

View from Ruggle's House, Newburgh
American Scenery, 
by N.P. Willis, Illustrated by William Henry
Newburgh, New York, USA

View from Ruggle's House, Newburgh
American Scenery,
by N.P. Willis, Illustrated by William Henry Bartlett, 1840
Clipper Mower
Chadborn & Coldwell Mfg. Co.
Newburgh, N.Y.
Newburgh, New York, USA

Clipper Mower
Chadborn & Coldwell Mfg. Co.
Newburgh, N.Y.
View from Washington Headquarters, Newburgh, N.Y.
Newburgh, New York, USA

View from Washington Headquarters, Newburgh, N.Y.
Cottage Life (Millers Grove) Orange Lake, Newburgh, N.Y.
Newburgh, New York, USA

Cottage Life (Millers Grove) Orange Lake, Newburgh, N.Y.
Broadway, Newburgh, N.Y.
Newburgh, New York, USA

Broadway, Newburgh, N.Y.

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The founder and father of the U.S. Weather Service, Albert J. Myer, was born in Newburgh on Sept 20, 1829.

1854 - Newburg
Newburg, a post-town, semi-capital of Orange co., New York, on the W. bank of Hudson river, 84 miles S. from Albany, and 61 miles N. from New York. Lat. 41° 31' N., Lon. 74° 1' W, The ground on which it is built rises, as it recedes from the river, to the height of about 300 feet, commanding a fine view of the Highlands, and of the river, which is here one mile wide. The appearance of the town, as seen from the water, is highly interesting. A steam ferry connects it with Fishkill, on the opposite bank, and a branch railroad extends from this town to the New York and Erie railroad, at Chester. Newburg is well built, and contains about 10 churches, 5 banks with an aggregate capital of $790,000, an academy, a theological seminary of the Associate Reformed Church, and many fine residences. Three or four newspapers are published here. It has large manufactories of cotton, wool, machinery, and flour, with plaster mills, foundries, tanneries, &c. Large quantities of grain, flour, and dairy... Read MORE...

1868 - A little boy three years of age, son of Mrs. William Locke, of Newburgh, N. Y.,
while in the garden a few days ago was pursued by a large skunk. The animal fastened itself on the child's arm, and commenced chewing away at its fingers. The mother of the terrified boy, hearing his screams, came to his assistance, and drove the animal off, but not until after she, herself, had been bitten. The skunk was killed.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
December 12, 1868
1869 - The reformed Presbyterian Synod, in session at Newburgh, N. Y.,
recently passed resolutions deploring the desecration of the Sabath by the Postoffice Department.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
June 5, 1869
1879 - A schoolmistress in Newburgh, N. Y., was arrested for whipping a boy.
She proved the boy bad, and, instead of having to pay $2,000 she secured a verdict of $25 against the boy's parents for the annoyance of arrest.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
January 25, 1879
On April 1, 1884, one of the country’s first central electric generating stations opened in Newburgh.
Thomas Alva Edison personally supervised the construction of the facility which was designed to produce power for incandescent lighting.
1890 - December 25 - Joseph Donoghue, of Newburgh, N.Y., won the International amateur skating race, one mile and a half, yesterday in England. He made the distance in 4 minutes 46 seconds, beating the record.

The Toronto Daily Mail
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
December 25, 1890
1894 - ACCIDENTS ON TROLLEY ROADS. - Five Persons Hurt at Newburg
NEWBURG, July 4. - A trolley care here to-night struck a wagon containing five persons, only one of whom escaped injury.

The injured are:

BERFE, Lionel, 53 Walker Street, New-York, cut about the head.

FIFER, William, of Mountainville, cut about the head.

MOSES, Miss Emily, twelve years old, thigh fractured.

MOSES, Mrs. Pauline, seriously hurt, recovery doubtful.

The party had been at Mountainville during the day and and were returning to the home of Mrs. Moses when the accident occurred.

The motorman of the trolley car, who was slightly hurt by a piece of the wagon, says the team backed into the car and it was impossible for him to stop.

Another accident took place on this road this morning. A lineman named Clark, while on a high wagon soldering wires, received a shock and fell to the pavement. His leg was broken and his skull was fractured. He probably will recover.
The New York Times
New York, New York
July 5, 1894
1895 - Newburg
Newburg, a city and one of the capitals of Orange co, N.Y., is finely situated on the W. bank of the Hudson River, 60 miles N. of New York, and 83 miles S. of Albany. Lat. 41° 31' N.; Lon. 74° 1' W. The ground on which it is built rises as it recedes from the river to the height of about 300 feet, commanding a fine view of the Highlands and of the river, which is here 13 miles wide. The most elegant residences are on a plateau in the highest part of the city. The appearance of the city, as seen from the river, is highly attractive. A steam ferry connects it with Fishkill-on-the-Hudson, which is on the opposite bank of the Hudson River, and is on the Hudson River Railroad at the W. terminus of the New York & New England and Newburg, Dutchess & Connecticut Railroads. This city is the N.E. terminus of the Newburg & New York Railroad, which connects with the Erie Railroad at Turner's. Another branch of the Erie Railroad extends from Newburg to Grey court. Newburg contains 3 national... Read MORE...

1948 - 3 Soldiers Killed As Train Hits Car.
NEWBURGH, (AP) - Three soldiers stationed at the U. S. Military academy were killed early yesterday when their car was struck by a freight train as they were returning to West Point.

The dead were identified as Corporal Richard R. Day, 19, Watervllet[sic], Mich.; Corporal William T. Robinson, 21, Youngstown, O., and Sgt. Russell G. Meyers, 20, Herkimer, N.Y. Myers was the owner and operator of the car, police said.

The three men were members of an orchestra playing for a dance at the Non-Commissioned Officers club, Stewart field, West Point air base.

The car was struck by a 16-car freight train on the Temple Hill road near Vails Gate, N. Y.
The Post Standard
Syracuse, New York
April 19, 1948
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Newburgh:
Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site:

Explore the headquarters where George Washington stayed during the Revolutionary War. The site offers guided tours and a glimpse into the history of the region.

Newburgh Waterfront:

Take a stroll along the scenic waterfront. There are parks, restaurants, and beautiful views of the Hudson River. It's a great place for a leisurely walk or to enjoy a meal with a view.

Dia Beacon:

If you're a fan of contemporary art, Dia Beacon is a must-visit. This museum features a stunning collection of modern and contemporary art in a spacious, light-filled environment.

Storm King Art Center:

While not exactly in Newburgh, Storm King Art Center is nearby and well worth the visit. It's an outdoor sculpture park with massive art installations set against a backdrop of rolling hills.

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum:

This museum houses a rotating collection of rare manuscripts, documents, and historical artifacts. It's a... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Newburgh, New York, USA

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