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Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York, USA

"Poughkeepsie, a handsome city, the capital of Dutchess co., N.Y., is on the E. bank of the Hudson River, 74 miles north of New York City, and 70 miles south of Albany. Lat. 41° 40' N.; lon. 73° 55' W. The site is a plateau or plain which is nearly 200 feet higher than the water and is enclosed on the E. side by high hills. The plan of the city is regular, and the streets cross one another at right angles. It is connected with New York and Albany by the Hudson River Railroad, and is a terminus of the Poughkeepsie & Eastern Railroad, which extends to Millerton,-47 miles. At this point is a bridge across the Hudson River, which is said to be the largest in America. It is operated by the Philadelphia, Reading & New England Railroad, which connects with the railroad systems on the W., and extends to Hartford, eastward 110 miles. There is also a steam ferry. Two miles N. of the city are the large and imposing buildings of the Hudson River State Hos £ for the Insane, erected at a cost of over $2,000,000. Poughkeepsie is distinguished for the number and quality of its educational institutions. It is the seat of Vassar College (for women), which was organized in 1865, and was founded and liberally endowed by Matthew Vassar, after whom it was named. Large additions to its buildings and endowments have since been made by the nephews of the founder, Matthew Vassar, Jr., and John Guy Vassar. It has about 45 professors and instructors, a library of 20,000 volumes, and accommodates about 500 students. This city contains, besides many handsome residences, 20 churches, a high school, Lyndon Hall School (for girls), the River view Academy, Berkeley School (for boys), an opera-house, public library, home for the friendless, home for aged men and women, Vassar Brothers' Institute, Vassar Brothers' Hospital (both largely endowed by the gentlemen whose names they bear), a comprehensive electric railroad system, extending to Wappinger's Falls (8 miles S.), 6 national banks, the capital of which amounts to $1,125,000, a savings-bank, a blast-furnace, manufactures of mowing machines, milk-separators, and other farming-implements, horseshoes, machinery, glass, shoes, ironware, water-heaters, clothing, hardware specialties, fishing-rods, wood-work, silk thread, carriages, &c. Four daily and 6 weekly news papers are published here. College Hill Park, comprising 80 acres, is situated in the northeastern part of the city. Pop. in 1875, 19,859; in 1880, 20,207; in 1890, 22.206."

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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  • Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    Gov. Clinton's House
  • Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    Smith Bros. Cough Drops

    "William Wallace Smith I (1830–1913) and Andrew Smith (1836–1895) were the sons of James Smith (c1800-1866) of Poughkeepsie, New York. James' family had emigrated from Fife, Scotland, to Canada in 1831, and James from St.... Read MORE...

  • News 1856 - COLLISION ON THE HUDSON RIVER R.R.
    A terrible collision occurred on the Hudson River Railroad, about one and a half miles South of Poughkeepsie, on Wednesday the 9th, resulting in the d...Read MORE...


  • 1861 - A brewer named Matthew Vassar founded Vassar College in Poughkeepsie.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ new-york.html

  • News 1868 - Foreign Students
    Poughkeepsie, the City of Schools, has over a thousand pupils from abroad.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    August 8, 1868

  • News 1870 - Tough Test
    At Poughkeepsie, N.Y., dispatch states that at the examination at West Point Military Academy, concluded on the 28th, forty-eight out of the eighty-si...Read MORE...


  • News 1870 - Wild Balloon Ride
    A man named Bard, at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on the 4th made his first balloon ascension, but lost control of the balloon, which descended rapidly. He esc...Read MORE...


  • News 1871 - Ice Boat Race
    A race between ice-boats came off at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on the 21st. The winner ran twelve miles in eleven minutes.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    March 4, 1871

  • News 1872 - WONDERFUL ESCAPE FROM DEATH.
    POUGHKEEPSIE, N. Y., June 28, 1872. One of the most wonderful escapes from death ever recorded in the history of railroads occurred near the ill-fated...Read MORE...


  • News 1874 - SHOCKING FERRY-BOAT ACCIDENT.
    A WAGON AND ITS OCCUPANTS BACKED OVERBOARD - A PROMISING YOUTH.
    Special Dispatch to the New York Times.

    Poughkeepsie, N. Y., March 29. - A terribl...Read MORE...


  • 1877 - Poughkeepsie
    POPULATION, 25,000. - SQUARE ACRES, 22,140.

    Poughkeepsie was formed as a town March 7th, 1788. March 27th, 1799, the village of Poughkeepsie was fo...Read MORE...


  • News 1879 - Ice Boating on the Hudson
    At Poughkeepsie the ice boats are seen in perfection, made of different colored woods, with silver-plated shrouds and gorgeously gilded and painted na...Read MORE...


  • News 1879 - The End of the Whistle
    Locomotive whistling is to be superseded at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., by a bell worked by electricity which will be set up in the depot. When the train arri...Read MORE...


  • News 1888 - Bad Bet
    On the 9th Steve Brodie jumped from the Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) bridge in to the Hudson river, two hundred and twelve feet, and received injuries from whi...Read MORE...


  • Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    Drinking Fountain, Clinton Square
  • Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    Hyde Park Road, Pougkeepsie, N.Y.
  • Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    Main Street
  • 1906
    Poughkeepsie, po-kip'se, a city, the capital of Dutchess co., N.Y., is on the E. bank of the Hudson River, 74 miles N. of New York city, on the New Yo...Read MORE...


  • Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    Poughkeepsie Bridge, Across the Hudson River, 1906
  • Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    Post Office, Market Street
  • Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    Eastman Park, 1908
  • Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    St. Peter's Catholic Church
  • Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    The Graduating Class, Vassar College
  • Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    Birds Eye View looking West from Court House
  • Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    F.I.A.T. Motor Factory, 1910
  • Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    Pringle Home for Aged Literary Men
  • Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    Vassar Hospital
  • Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    Washington Street from Main, looking North
  • News 1911 - TRAIN KILLS CHAUFFEUR.
    Motor Failed and Car Stuck on Railway Crossing.

    POUGHKEEPSIE, N. Y., July 5 - When a West Shore Railroad train rolled into Hihgland{sic} Station to...Read MORE...


  • Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    Market Street, 1911
  • Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    Pine Street School, 1912
  • Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    First Presbyterian Church, 1912
  • Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    State Armory
  • Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    Main Buildings, Hudson River State Hospital
  • Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    King's Court Hotel
  • Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    Main Street, Looking West
  • Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    Nelson House
  • Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    St. Francis Hospital, Main Building
  • Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    St. Mary's Church
  • Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    Court House, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
  • Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    The Windsor Hotel, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
  • News 1935 - Swift Fire Kills 5 in Poughkeepsie Building; 3 Boys Confess Setting It While Playing
    POUGHKEEPSIE, N. Y., May 3 — Five persons were trapped and burned to death this afternoon in a fire which destroyed a three-story building at 411 Main...Read MORE...


  • Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    Adriance Memorial Library
  • Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    Smith Brothers Restaurant


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Gov. Clinton's House

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Smith Bros. Cough Drops

"William Wallace Smith I (1830–1913) and Andrew Smith (1836–1895) were the sons of James Smith (c1800-1866) of Poughkeepsie, New York. James' family had emigrated from Fife, Scotland, to Canada in 1831, and James from St.... Read MORE...

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Hyde Park Road, Pougkeepsie, N.Y.


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Drinking Fountain, Clinton Square

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Main Street

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Poughkeepsie Bridge, Across the Hudson River, 1906

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Post Office, Market Street

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Eastman Park, 1908

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St. Peter's Catholic Church

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The Graduating Class, Vassar College

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Birds Eye View looking West from Court House

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F.I.A.T. Motor Factory, 1910

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Pringle Home for Aged Literary Men

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Vassar Hospital

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Washington Street from Main, looking North

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Market Street, 1911

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Pine Street School, 1912

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First Presbyterian Church, 1912

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Court House, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

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The Windsor Hotel, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

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State Armory

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Main Buildings, Hudson River State Hospital

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King's Court Hotel

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Main Street, Looking West

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Nelson House

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St. Francis Hospital, Main Building

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St. Mary's Church

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Adriance Memorial Library

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Smith Brothers Restaurant
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  • News  1856 - COLLISION ON THE HUDSON RIVER R.R.
    A terrible collision occurred on the Hudson River Railroad, about one and a half miles South of Poughkeepsie, on Wednesday the 9th, resulting in the d... Read MORE...

  • 1861 - A brewer named Matthew Vassar founded Vassar College in Poughkeepsie.
    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ new-york.html
  • News  1868 - Foreign Students
    Poughkeepsie, the City of Schools, has over a thousand pupils from abroad. St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    August 8, 1868
  • News  1870 - Tough Test
    At Poughkeepsie, N.Y., dispatch states that at the examination at West Point Military Academy, concluded on the 28th, forty-eight out of the eighty-si... Read MORE...

  • News  1870 - Wild Balloon Ride
    A man named Bard, at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on the 4th made his first balloon ascension, but lost control of the balloon, which descended rapidly. He esc... Read MORE...

  • News  1871 - Ice Boat Race
    A race between ice-boats came off at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on the 21st. The winner ran twelve miles in eleven minutes. St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    March 4, 1871
  • News  1872 - WONDERFUL ESCAPE FROM DEATH.
    POUGHKEEPSIE, N. Y., June 28, 1872. One of the most wonderful escapes from death ever recorded in the history of railroads occurred near the ill-fated... Read MORE...

  • News  1874 - SHOCKING FERRY-BOAT ACCIDENT.
    A WAGON AND ITS OCCUPANTS BACKED OVERBOARD - A PROMISING YOUTH.
    Special Dispatch to the New York Times.

    Poughkeepsie, N. Y., March 29. - A terribl... Read MORE...

  • 1877 - Poughkeepsie
    POPULATION, 25,000. - SQUARE ACRES, 22,140.

    Poughkeepsie was formed as a town March 7th, 1788. March 27th, 1799, the village of Poughkeepsie was fo... Read MORE...

  • News  1879 - The End of the Whistle
    Locomotive whistling is to be superseded at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., by a bell worked by electricity which will be set up in the depot. When the train arri... Read MORE...

  • News  1879 - Ice Boating on the Hudson
    At Poughkeepsie the ice boats are seen in perfection, made of different colored woods, with silver-plated shrouds and gorgeously gilded and painted na... Read MORE...

  • News  1888 - Bad Bet
    On the 9th Steve Brodie jumped from the Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) bridge in to the Hudson river, two hundred and twelve feet, and received injuries from whi... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Poughkeepsie, po-kip'se, a city, the capital of Dutchess co., N.Y., is on the E. bank of the Hudson River, 74 miles N. of New York city, on the New Yo... Read MORE...

  • News  1911 - TRAIN KILLS CHAUFFEUR.
    Motor Failed and Car Stuck on Railway Crossing.

    POUGHKEEPSIE, N. Y., July 5 - When a West Shore Railroad train rolled into Hihgland{sic} Station to... Read MORE...

  • News  1935 - Swift Fire Kills 5 in Poughkeepsie Building; 3 Boys Confess Setting It While Playing
    POUGHKEEPSIE, N. Y., May 3 — Five persons were trapped and burned to death this afternoon in a fire which destroyed a three-story building at 411 Main... Read MORE...

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