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Plattsburgh, New York, USA - C. H. Foote, Jobber and Wholesale Dealer in Groceries and Provisions, 35 Bridge Street Plattsburgh, N.Y.

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The Plattsburgh City Beach boasts the 2nd longest fresh water beach in the continental U.S.

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C. H. Foote,
Jobber and Wholesale Dealer in
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35 Bridge Street
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Plattsburgh Barracks, 1907
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Birds' eye view - Catholic Summer School, 1907
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Champlain Valley Hospital
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1813 - July 31 - British invade Plattsburgh NY

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1814 - September 11 - Americans defeat British at Battle of Plattsburgh

1836 - Plattsburgh
PLATTSBURGH, organised April 4th, 1785; centrally distant N. from New York 319, from Albany 164, and from Plattsburg village 5, miles; surface on the E. level or gently undulating, becoming hilly towards the W.; soil clay loam, along the lake, and its culture in an improving condition; drained E. by the Saranac river flowing centrally through it, and by Salmon river near the southern boundary. Plattsburg and Cadyville are villages; the latter lies in the N. W. upon the left bank of the Saranac 9 miles W. from Plattsburg and has a saw mill, forge with 2 fires, 1 store, tannery and 12 dwellings. Plattsburg, incorporated village and seat of justice of the county and port of entry for the Champlain collection district, at the mouth of the Saranac river, on Cumberland bay, N, La. 449 42 and Long. 3° 32' E.; having the distances above given from New York and Albany; 112 miles N. from Whitehall, 120 E. from Edensburg, by the usual road, and 97 in a direct line; 13 N. of Port Kent, and 21 §... Read MORE...

1854 - Plattsburg
Plattsbubq, a post-village in Plattsburg township, and capital of Clinton county, New York, is situated on both sides of the Saranac river, at its entrance into Cumberland bay of Lake Champlain, about 160 miles N. by E. from Albany. The Plattsburg and Montreal railroad connects it with Montreal, and steamboats ply to the several ports on Lake Champlain. The village contains churches of four or five denominations, 2 banks, an academy, and two or three newspaper offices. The shipping of the port, June 80, 1852, amounted to an aggregate of 6258 tons enrolled and licensed, of which 1701 tons were employed in steam navigation. It is a place of active trade, and has manufactories of cotton, wool, machinery, &c. The river furnishes extensive water-power. A battle was fought on the bay in September, 1814, which resulted in the capture of the British fleet. Population of the township, 6018.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
1862 - Plattsburgh
PLATTSBURGH was first recognized as a town April 4, 1785. A part of Peru was taken off in 1792, Beekmantown in 1820, Saranac in 1824, and Schuyler Falls in 1848. It lies upon Lake Champlain, a little south of the east border of the county, and includes Valcour and Crab Islands. These islands are memorable, the first for the naval engagement which took place near it during the Revolution. The remains of the Schooner Royal Savage, sunk at that time may still be seen. Crab Island, for its being the burial place of the sailors and marines killed in the naval battle of Sept. 11. 1814. The surface of the town is level and gently undulating in the east, and broken and hilly in the west. It is principally drained by the Saranac and its branches. This river is the dividing line on the south between this town and Schuyler Falls. The soil in the east is a clayey loam, underlaid by Trenton limestone; in the center, a sandy loam underlaid by Calceferous sandstone; and in the west, a light sand... Read MORE...

1880 The first electric light ever seen in Plattsburgh was exhibited with Pullman and Hamilton's circus.


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1887 - A TERRIFIC EXPLOSION. NITRO-GLYCERINE QUICKLY DEMOLISHES A POWDER FACTORY.
PLATTSBURG, N. Y., Jan. 11. - The people of this village were startled at 8:45 o'clock this morning by a terrific report followed by long-continued rumbling and the smashing of windows. Fully 1,200 pounds of nitro-glycerine were exploded at the Clinton Powder Company's factory, a mile and a half from this place. The report was heard within a radius of 25 miles, and where the explosive stood there is now an immense excavation in the earth. The timbers of the building were completely destroyed, so that hardly a trace of them can be found. No one was in the building at the time. The explosion was caused by the building taking fire from the smokestack of the boiler, and the employes, having a fair warning, left the building with great rapidity. The boiler, which weighed three tons, was found over 500 feet from the spot over which it stood before the explosion. The entire plant of the company was destroyed with the exception of the magazine, which contained a small quantity of dynamite,... Read MORE...

1889 Free postal delivery system went into operation in Plattsburgh.

Three centuries in Champlain valley.. Plattsburgh, N. Y. : Saranac chapter, D. A. R., 1909
1895 - Plattsburg
Plattsburg, a post-town and port of entry, capital of Clinton co., N.Y., in Plattsburg township, at the mouth of the Saranac River, which here enters Cumberland Bay, a part of Lake Champlain, and on the New York & Canada Railroad. It is about 155 miles N. of Albany, 20 miles N.W. of Burlington, Vt., and 63 miles S. of Montreal. It has a safe and commodious harbor and extensive water £ and contains a handsome custom-house, a court house, a town hall, 2 hotels, 7 churches, the Plattsburg Academy, 2 national banks, 1 other bank, several saw-mills, flouring-mills, machine-shops, and iron-works. Lumber, iron, and grain are the chief articles of export. Three weekly newspapers are published here. Steamboats ply daily between this port and other places on the lake. On the 11th of September, 1814, Commodore McDonough gained a complete victory over the British fleet in Cumberland Bay, near Plattsburg. About the same time the American General Macomb repulsed a superior land force which, under... Read MORE...

1906
Plattsburg, a post-village and port of entry, capital of Clinton co., N.Y., in Plattsburg township (town), at the mouth of the Saranac River, which here enters Cumberland Bay, a part of Lake Champlain, and on the Delaware and Hudson R., 138 miles (direct) N. by E. of Albany. It has a safe and commodious harbor and extensive water-power and manufactures iron, flour, pulp and paper, and sewing- machines. Lumber, iron, and grain are the chief articles of export. Steamboats ply regularly between this port and other places on the lake. Plattsburg is an important military post, and its barracks are among the largest in the United States. It is the seat of a state normal school. About 2 miles distant is Cliff Haven, the seat of the Roman Catholic Summer-School of America. On September 11, 1814, Commodore McDonough gained a complete victory over the British fleet in Cumberland Bay, near Plattsburg. At the same time the American General Macomb repulsed a superior land force which, under... Read MORE...

1929 - SIX RESCUED IN PLATTSBURG NORMAL FIRE. TEACHER DROPS PUPILS FROM WINDOW TO GROUND.
Plattsburg, Jan. 26 - Fire believed to have started in the basement as a result of an explosion of an oil burning furnace destroyed Plattsburg Normal School yesterday noon with an estimated loss of $235,000.

The first alarm was sounded at 10:25 o'clock and upon the arrival of the local department the three-story brick structure was a mass of flames. One hour later, despite the efforts of three departments all that remained of the building was the four walls that were expected to topple each minute.

Chief ELY SEYMOUR of the Plattsburg department summoned the departments at Plattsburg barracks and Morrisonville. With the six streams of water played on the doomed building the firemen were able to prevent the blaze from spreading to the nearby residences.

Teacher Saves Six.
PROF. LYNDON R. STREET, director of music, was giving music lessons to six youths, LYON PETERSON, HAROLD JERRY, JR., JACK AGNEW, PAUL AGNEW and MYRON DEVENBERG, when he observed smoke escaping beneath the... Read MORE...

2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in and around Plattsburgh:
Ausable Chasm:

Explore the Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks, just a short drive from Plattsburgh.

Take a scenic walk along the trails, go rafting, or experience the adventure trails and bridges.

Clinton County Historical Association Museum:

Discover the history of the region at this local museum.

Learn about Plattsburgh's role in various historical events, including the War of 1812 and the Battle of Plattsburgh.

SUNY Plattsburgh Art Museum:

If you're into art, visit the campus of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

The art museum often features exhibitions and collections showcasing both local and international artists.

Plattsburgh City Beach:

Enjoy some relaxation by the shores of Lake Champlain.

The beach offers a great spot for picnics, swimming, and beautiful views of the lake and Adirondack Mountains.

Crab Island:

Take a boat tour to Crab Island, a historic site where a naval battle took place during the War of 1812.

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

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female ancestorRebecca VAN ARNUM (20 January 1736, Kinderhook, Columbia, New York, USA - 31 October 1824, Plattsburgh, New York, USA)
male ancestorPrudent LAJEUNESSE (17 February 1750, Longueuil, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine-de-Longueuil) - 20 June 1836, Plattsburgh, New York, USA)
male ancestorAllen SMITH (11 March 1758, New Haven, Connecticut, USA (Westville) - 30 July 1847, Plattsburgh, New York, USA)
female ancestorLeah WEBB (28 November 1769, , New York, USA - 16 July 1846, Plattsburgh, New York, USA)
male ancestorAsaph PUTNAM (1776, Plattsburgh, New York, USA - 15 March 1852, Mooers, New York, USA)
male ancestorIsaac M SMITH (4 July 1795, Plattsburgh, New York, USA - 11 November 1857, , New York, USA)
male ancestorHarvey SMITH (4 July 1796, Plattsburgh, New York, USA - 4 June 1886, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, USA)
male ancestorMèdard ROBIDOUX (9 June 1798, Yamaska, Québec, Canada (Saint-Michel-d'Yamaska) - 5 November 1870, Plattsburgh, New York, USA)
male ancestorAlexis BRAULT (1805, , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec) - 1886, Plattsburgh, New York, USA)

Ancestors Who Were Married in Plattsburgh, New York, USA

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male ancestorHarvey SMITH (4 July 1796 - 4 June 1886) and female ancestorEleanor SANBORN (23 October 1804 - 12 December 1876) married 27 September 1820
male ancestorJoseph VINCENT (6 September 1808 - 11 August 1887) and female ancestorJane Ann Jeanne KNAPP (1807 - 18 May 1880) married 1825
male ancestorFrançois Xavier (Peter) BOUVIA (February 1851 - 10 September 1921) and female ancestorRoslina "Rose" BURNELL (March 1858 - 24 June 1934) married 8 November 1875
male ancestorFrank W ST LOUIS (14 January 1863 - 14 October 1931) and photo of Alice Rose (Rosanna) LEFEBVRE Alice Rose (Rosanna) LEFEBVRE (13 May 1875 - 26 March 1947) married 1892
male ancestorFrancis Alfred BRAULT (April 10, 1871 - Jan. 24, 1927) and female ancestorM. Roseanne DESMARAIS (March 21, 1877 - August 7, 1943) married 23 September 1893
photo of Louis-Emery MARTIN Louis-Emery MARTIN (17 January 1883 - ) and photo of Sarah Jeanne "Jane" POISSANT dite GLAUDE (GLODE) Sarah Jeanne "Jane" POISSANT dite GLAUDE (GLODE) (22 September 1880 - 4 February 1963) married 6 April 1902
photo of Edward DARRAH Edward DARRAH (2 November 1887 - 29 May 1961) and photo of Margarit (Margaret) WIGGINS Margarit (Margaret) WIGGINS (July 1895 - 3 January 1945) married 2 June 1911
photo of William Seward "Nick" HATHAWAY William Seward "Nick" HATHAWAY (16 July 1891 - 8 July 1953) and photo of Lola May BURRITT Lola May BURRITT (1 May 1900 - 9 February 1977) married 6 September 1916
male ancestorLawrence William BAKER (May 18, 1905 - Nov. 7, 1972) and female ancestorMary Grace BRAULT (August 11, 1909 - May 18, 1998) married 17 March 1928

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