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Glens Falls, New York, USA

Glens Falls, Warren, New York, USA

As a halfway point between Fort Edward and Fort William Henry, the falls was the site of several battles during the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. The then-hamlet was mostly destroyed by fire twice during the latter conflict, forcing the Quakers to abandon the settlement until the war ended in 1783. Fire also ravaged the village in 1864, 1884, and 1902.

The area was originally called Chepontuc (Iroquois; "difficult place to get around"), also referred to as the "Great Carrying Place," but was renamed "The Corners" by European-American settlers. In 1766 it was renamed Wing's Falls for Abraham Wing – the leader of the group of Quakers who established the permanent settlement – and for the falls on the Hudson River. Wing's claim to the name of the falls and the hamlet was transferred to Colonel Johannes Glen of Schenectady in 1788, either on collection of a debt, as a result of a game of cards, or in exchange for hosting a party for mutual friends, depending on which local legend is believed. Colonel Glen changed the name to "Glen's Falls," though it was often printed with varying spelling such as "Glenn's," or "Glens". The spelling "Glens Falls" came to be the common usage.

A post office was established in 1808. Glens Falls became an incorporated village in 1839, and was re-incorporated in 1874 and 1887, expanding the village to what would become the city limits when the city charter was granted by the state legislature in 1908, at which time the city became independent from the town of Queensbury.

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  • General Henry Knox and his troops passed through here in the winter of 1775-76 with a load of 59 cannons pulled by teams of oxen.
    The cannons were captured from the British at Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point. They were transported from Lake Champlain to Dorchester Heights,...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Glenn's Falls
    Glenn's Falls, a thriving post-village of Warren county. New York, on the Hudson river, about 60 miles N. from Albany. It contains churches for the...Read MORE...


  • News 1869 - A few days ago, George Frost, of Lansingburg, N. Y., walked to Glens Falls, N. Y. and back, a distance of 104 miles,
    in twenty-three hours and forty-five minutes, arriving in Lansingburgh at 12 o'clock noon, not all that tired. He finished the day working at his...Read MORE...


  • 1871 - Queensbury and Glens Falls
    QUEENSBURY was incorporated by patent as a township, May 20, 1762, and embraced 2,300 acres. It was reorganized as a town March 13, 1786. Luzerne was ...Read MORE...


  • News 1890 - THE BRIDGE GAVE WAY. TWO LIVES LOST, TWO PERSONS INJURED, AND TWO MEN MISSING.
    Troy, N.Y., March 15. - At about 10:30 o'clock this morning the Queensbury span of the old Queensbury-Moreau Bridge at Glens Falls fell into the...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Glens Falls
    Glens Falls, or Glenn’s Falls, a post-village in Queensbury township, Warren co., N.Y., on the Hudson River, and on a branch of the Rensselaer &...Read MORE...


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    Hotel Ruliff and Empire Theatre
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  • Glens Falls, New York, USA
    Paper Mills, a Busy Industry, Glens Falls N.Y.
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    View on Glen Street, Glens Falls, N.Y.
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    Glens Falls Insurance Building, Glens Falls, N.Y.
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    Christ M.E. Church and Parsonage
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    Glens Falls, N.Y. Municipal Building, 1907
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  • News 1909 - LAKE GEORGE LOSES HOTEL. THE FORT WILLIAM HENRY, THE LARGEST RESORT IN ADIRONDACK REGION, TOTALLY DESTROYED.
    (By United Press.)
    Glens Falls, N. Y., June 24. - The Fort William Henry Hotel, the largest resort on Lake George and the Adirondack region, was...Read MORE...


  • Glens Falls, New York, USA
    Glen Falls, N.Y., Finch-Pruyne & Co.'s New Paper Mill
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    Glens Falls, N.Y. Halfway Brook, Crandell Park
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  • News 1912 - AIRMAN HURLED INTO BARN.
    Spaulding Hurt When Biplane Is Wrecked at Glens Falls
    Special to The New York Times.

    GLENS FALLS, July 4. - Ira D. Spaulding, an aviator of...Read MORE...


  • 1916
    Glens Falls, a banking post-village of Warren co., N.Y., on the Hudson River and on the Delaware and Hudson R., 61 miles N. of Albany. The river here ...Read MORE...


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    Coopers Cave
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    High School
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    Hudson River Falls, Glens Falls, N.Y.
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    Presbyterian Church
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    St. Mary's Church
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    Post Office
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    St. Mary's Academy
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    Commodore Restuarant
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Hotel Ruliff and Empire Theatre

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Paper Mills, a Busy Industry, Glens Falls N.Y.

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View on Glen Street, Glens Falls, N.Y.

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Glens Falls Insurance Building, Glens Falls, N.Y.

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Christ M.E. Church and Parsonage

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Glens Falls, N.Y. Municipal Building, 1907

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Glen Falls, N.Y., Finch-Pruyne & Co.'s New Paper Mill

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Glens Falls, N.Y. Halfway Brook, Crandell Park

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Coopers Cave

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High School

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Hudson River Falls, Glens Falls, N.Y.

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St. Mary's Church

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Presbyterian Church

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Post Office

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St. Mary's Academy

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Commodore Restuarant

History, News and Stories of Glens Falls, New York, USA

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  • General Henry Knox and his troops passed through here in the winter of 1775-76 with a load of 59 cannons pulled by teams of oxen.
    The cannons were captured from the British at Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point. They were transported from Lake Champlain to Dorchester Heights,... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Glenn's Falls
    Glenn's Falls, a thriving post-village of Warren county. New York, on the Hudson river, about 60 miles N. from Albany. It contains churches for the... Read MORE...

  • News  1869 - A few days ago, George Frost, of Lansingburg, N. Y., walked to Glens Falls, N. Y. and back, a distance of 104 miles,
    in twenty-three hours and forty-five minutes, arriving in Lansingburgh at 12 o'clock noon, not all that tired. He finished the day working at his... Read MORE...

  • 1871 - Queensbury and Glens Falls
    QUEENSBURY was incorporated by patent as a township, May 20, 1762, and embraced 2,300 acres. It was reorganized as a town March 13, 1786. Luzerne was ... Read MORE...

  • News  1890 - THE BRIDGE GAVE WAY. TWO LIVES LOST, TWO PERSONS INJURED, AND TWO MEN MISSING.
    Troy, N.Y., March 15. - At about 10:30 o'clock this morning the Queensbury span of the old Queensbury-Moreau Bridge at Glens Falls fell into the... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Glens Falls
    Glens Falls, or Glenn’s Falls, a post-village in Queensbury township, Warren co., N.Y., on the Hudson River, and on a branch of the Rensselaer &... Read MORE...

  • News  1909 - LAKE GEORGE LOSES HOTEL. THE FORT WILLIAM HENRY, THE LARGEST RESORT IN ADIRONDACK REGION, TOTALLY DESTROYED.
    (By United Press.)
    Glens Falls, N. Y., June 24. - The Fort William Henry Hotel, the largest resort on Lake George and the Adirondack region, was... Read MORE...

  • News  1912 - AIRMAN HURLED INTO BARN.
    Spaulding Hurt When Biplane Is Wrecked at Glens Falls
    Special to The New York Times.

    GLENS FALLS, July 4. - Ira D. Spaulding, an aviator of... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Glens Falls, a banking post-village of Warren co., N.Y., on the Hudson River and on the Delaware and Hudson R., 61 miles N. of Albany. The river here ... Read MORE...

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