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The Town of Ballston Saratoga County, New York had a population of 8,735 (2000 census) covering an area of 30 sq. miles containing 3,245 homes at a population density of 295 persons per sq. mi. Ethnic Diversity Origins are: 97% European, <1% African, <1% American, <1% Asian, <2% Hispanic. The average income $54,850 (2000 census)
History: The areas first residents made their homes circa 1760's. In 1775 the town became a district in Albany County. The town is named for the Reverend Eliphalet Ball, an early settle who purchased the land. Ball paid the McDonald brothers, the original owners, a barrel of rum to name the town after himself. Originally called Ball's Town and Ballton the name was shortened to Ballston.
Early residents feared both the British who attacked the town in 1763 and the Mohawk Indians who were reputed to torture and kill captive children at Indian Rock on Ballston Lake that they called Shanantaha. The depth of the lake has never been recorded due to a network of caves near the bottom. Once a part of the Mohawk River in glacial times it now is reputed to be the home of "Big Tim" a monster living in the underwater caves and reportedly seen by numerous residents.
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