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Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, USA

"Schenectady, a city of the state of New York, the county seat of Schenectady co., is situated on the Mohawk River and on the Erie Canal, the New York Central Rail road, and the Delaware & Hudson Railroad, 17 miles N.W. of Albany, and 78 miles E. by S. of Utica. Schenectady is chiefly celebrated as the seat of Union University, which was founded in 1795 under the name of Union College, and which embraces in its administration, besides Union College proper in this city, the Albany Medical School, the Albany aw School, the Albany College of Pharmacy, and the Dudley Observatory (all located in the city of Albany), the combined Faculties of the several schools numbering about 50 professors and instructors and the students aggregating about 500, of which nearly one-half are members of the college at Schenectady. There is a school of civil engineering and analytical chemistry connected with the college. Schenectady contains 14 churches, a city hall, 2 high schools, a national bank, 2 other banks, 2 large manufactories of machinery, engines, and boilers, several woollen mills, 2 flour-mills, manufactories of locomotives, shawls, threshing-machines, stoves, and brooms, and printing-offices which issue 2 daily and 3 weekly newspapers. The Schenectady Locomotive Works is said to be the second largest of its kind in the country; here also is the headquarters of the Edison General Electric Company. Schenectady was chartered as a city in 1798. Pop. in 1860, 9579; in 1870, 11,026; in 1880, 13,655; in 1890, 19,902."

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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  • 1661 - Schenectady founded

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  • 1690 - February 8 - French & Indian troops set Schenectady settlement on fire
    Three surprise raids were planned in February 1690 against villages in New England. The most spectacular attack was the one on Schenectady, a...Read MORE...


  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    St. George's Episcopal Church, built in 1759
  • 1798 - Schenectady Incorporated


  • 1824 - Schenectady
    Schenectady, a City, and also a Post-Township, the capital of Schenectady County, situated on the Mohawk river, 15 1/ 2 miles NW. of Albany; bounded...Read MORE...


  • 1831 - August 9 - 1st US steam engine train run (Albany to Schenectady, NY)

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  • 1869 - Schenectady
    SCHENECTADY CITY was patented with certain municipal rights, Nov. 4, 1684; it was chartered as a borough, October 23, 1765; incorporated as a...Read MORE...


  • News 1892 - April 15 – The General Electric Company is established through the merger of the Thomson-Houston Company and the Edison General Electric Company.

    www.wikipedia.org
    April 15, 1892

  • News 1900 - MRS. ROGERS'S DEATH.
    She Lived But Twenty Minutes After the Accident.

    Providence, June 27 - Details have been received of the tragic death in Schenectady Monday...Read MORE...


  • News 1900 - Tornado
    Schenectady, N Y, Nov. 22 - Several persons were injured and many others narrowly escaped death, while thousands of dollars' worth of damage was done ...Read MORE...


  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    Lover's Lane in Union College Grove, Schenectady, N.Y.
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    Fire Station
    No. 3 S.F.D.
    Schenectady, N.Y.
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    State St. East from R.R. Crossing, Schenectady, N.Y.
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    N.Y.C.R.R. Station, 1903
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    Ellis Hospital, 1905
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    General Electric Company's, 1905
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    Upper Union Street, 1905
  • 1906
    Schenectady, a city, capital of Schenectady co., N.Y., is situated on the Mohawk River, on the Erie Canal, and on the New York Central and Hudson...Read MORE...


  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    Court House
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    Business Section of State Street
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    Upper State Street, 1907
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    Bird's Eye View General Electric Company's Works
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    City Hall Annex, 1908
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    First Reformed Church
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    Freed's Big Liquor Store, 1908
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    The most powerful Electric Locomotive in the World
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    State Street, West of Robinson Street
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    Union College Campus and Fraternity Houses
  • News 1910 - BLAZE AT BIG CIRCUS. HUGE TENT BURNS, BUT 12,000 PERSONS ESCAPE UNHURT. PAGEANT ABOUT TO BEGIN.
    Ringmaster Ready to Start Performance Before Vast Throng of Spectators When Fire Is Discovered - Audience Marches Out, Only a Few Being Scratched and ...Read MORE...


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    The Mohawk and Schenectady Boat Club
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    Fountain and Band Stand, Crescent Park
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    Erie Canal Near Schenectady, N.Y.
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    New Office Buildings, a part of the 15,000 Employees Leaving the General Electric Works, 1910
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    High School
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    Van Curler Opera House
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    Parkwood Boulevard
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    First Reformed Church, 1910
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    Scotia Bridge and Toll House
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    State Street, looking West from Crescent Park
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    Washington Ave., looking to General Electric Main Office, 1911
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    Residence of G. E. Emmons
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    City Hall and Annex, 1914
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    The Electrical House. Electricity being used exclusively for heating, lighting, cooking, cooling, etc.
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    Sanders Mansion, 1916
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    Entrance to Union College, 1920
  • News 1922 - SCHENECTADY FIRE LOSS WILL REACH $250,000.
    Schenectady, Dec. 3. - Schenectady's entire fire department battled hours yesterday afternoon and last night against flames which destroyed two of...Read MORE...


  • News 1928 - May 10 – The first regular schedule of television programming begins in Schenectady, New York by the General Electric's television station W2XB (the station is popularly known as WGY Television, after its sister radio station WGY).

    www.wikipedia.org
    May 10, 1928

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    Y.W.C.A.
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    American Locomotive Works
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    City Hall
  • Schenectady, New York, USA
    Y.M.C.A.


Old Photos, Pictures, Advertisements and Postcards from Schenectady, New York, USA


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St. George's Episcopal Church, built in 1759

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Lover's Lane in Union College Grove, Schenectady, N.Y.

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Fire Station
No. 3 S.F.D.
Schenectady, N.Y.

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State St. East from R.R. Crossing, Schenectady, N.Y.

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N.Y.C.R.R. Station, 1903

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Ellis Hospital, 1905

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General Electric Company's, 1905

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Upper Union Street, 1905

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Court House

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Business Section of State Street

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Upper State Street, 1907

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Bird's Eye View General Electric Company's Works

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City Hall Annex, 1908

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First Reformed Church

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Freed's Big Liquor Store, 1908

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The most powerful Electric Locomotive in the World

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State Street, West of Robinson Street

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Union College Campus and Fraternity Houses

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The Mohawk and Schenectady Boat Club

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Fountain and Band Stand, Crescent Park

Schenectady, New York, USA
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Erie Canal Near Schenectady, N.Y.

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New Office Buildings, a part of the 15,000 Employees Leaving the General Electric Works, 1910

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High School

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Van Curler Opera House

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Parkwood Boulevard

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First Reformed Church, 1910

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Scotia Bridge and Toll House

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State Street, looking West from Crescent Park

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Washington Ave., looking to General Electric Main Office, 1911

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Residence of G. E. Emmons

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City Hall and Annex, 1914

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The Electrical House. Electricity being used exclusively for heating, lighting, cooking, cooling, etc.

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Sanders Mansion, 1916

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Entrance to Union College, 1920

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Y.W.C.A.

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American Locomotive Works

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City Hall

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Y.M.C.A.
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  • 1661 - Schenectady founded
    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1690 - February 8 - French & Indian troops set Schenectady settlement on fire
    Three surprise raids were planned in February 1690 against villages in New England. The most spectacular attack was the one on Schenectady, a... Read MORE...

  • 1798 - Schenectady Incorporated
  • 1824 - Schenectady
    Schenectady, a City, and also a Post-Township, the capital of Schenectady County, situated on the Mohawk river, 15 1/ 2 miles NW. of Albany; bounded... Read MORE...

  • 1831 - August 9 - 1st US steam engine train run (Albany to Schenectady, NY)
    historyorb.com
  • 1869 - Schenectady
    SCHENECTADY CITY was patented with certain municipal rights, Nov. 4, 1684; it was chartered as a borough, October 23, 1765; incorporated as a... Read MORE...

  • News  1892 - April 15 – The General Electric Company is established through the merger of the Thomson-Houston Company and the Edison General Electric Company.
    www.wikipedia.org
    April 15, 1892
  • News  1900 - MRS. ROGERS'S DEATH.
    She Lived But Twenty Minutes After the Accident.

    Providence, June 27 - Details have been received of the tragic death in Schenectady Monday... Read MORE...

  • News  1900 - Tornado
    Schenectady, N Y, Nov. 22 - Several persons were injured and many others narrowly escaped death, while thousands of dollars' worth of damage was done ... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Schenectady, a city, capital of Schenectady co., N.Y., is situated on the Mohawk River, on the Erie Canal, and on the New York Central and Hudson... Read MORE...

  • News  1910 - BLAZE AT BIG CIRCUS. HUGE TENT BURNS, BUT 12,000 PERSONS ESCAPE UNHURT. PAGEANT ABOUT TO BEGIN.
    Ringmaster Ready to Start Performance Before Vast Throng of Spectators When Fire Is Discovered - Audience Marches Out, Only a Few Being Scratched and ... Read MORE...

  • News  1922 - SCHENECTADY FIRE LOSS WILL REACH $250,000.
    Schenectady, Dec. 3. - Schenectady's entire fire department battled hours yesterday afternoon and last night against flames which destroyed two of... Read MORE...

  • News  1928 - May 10 – The first regular schedule of television programming begins in Schenectady, New York by the General Electric's television station W2XB (the station is popularly known as WGY Television, after its sister radio station WGY).
    www.wikipedia.org
    May 10, 1928

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