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History, Demographics, Climate, Geography of Castleton, New York

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Castleton on Hudson NY The village of Castleton is located in southwestern portion of the Town of Schodack in Rensselaer County, Southeast of Albany, NY. The village covers an area of .8 square miles

History

The first residents of the area that would one day become the Village of Castleton were the Mohican Native Americans who hunted the lush forests, fished the abundant rivers and streams where they grew Maze (corn), Squash and beans in the fertile soil of the valley floor.

in September of 1609 Henry Hudson stopped at what is the present site of the village of Castleton on his historic voyage up the river that would bear his name to discover a route to the Indies. He noted a large structure on a hill which he identified as a castle. The building was actually a food storage building and perhaps the home of the chief of the Mohicans

In the seventeenth century, the area was part of Rensselaerswyck Patent, a vast area on both sides of the Hudson owned by the Van Rensselaers who obtained land from the Mohicans. In 1664 the English captured New Amsterdam and renamed in New York after the Duke of Albany and York but the area retained its Dutch Knickerbocker character. One such early resident, Johannes Van Buren, owned a large dock on the Hudson near his home, a house which still stands today. After his death, his heirs divided his land into a numbered of residential lots that are still occupied today

In the 1800's the area became a trade center as steamboats plied the Hudson from New York City to Albany, Schenectady and Troy. Fulton's Folly (the first steamboat to travel the river) is reported to have run aground on a sandbank near the village.

The area soon saw prosperous times as mills sprang up that made bricks, lumber, paper, fasteners, and farm produce that were shipped to New York City and Europe. Ice was cut from the river and nearby ponds and shipped to the Hudson River Valley to supply ice boxes before the invention of the refrigerator.

The railroad came to Castleton in 1851 but had little impact on river freight since boats were less expensive and goods rarely needed the speed rail travel provided. The Alfred H. Smith Memorial Bridge was completed in 1924 but only passed over the village with little impact. In 1959 the Castleton NYS Thruway Bridge was completed adjacent to the railroad bridge. This bridge made the village a bedroom community to the Capital Region.

In 1936 floods destroyed much of the business district. With flooding a common occurrence industry and business decide to locate elsewhere. The village is now largely a peaceful residential community.

Demographics

As of 2014, there were 1,462 people, 615 homes and 399 families living in the village. The population density was 2,025 persons per sq. mi. There were 654 housing units. The ethnic makeup of the city was 97% Caucasian, 1% African American, 1% Asian and 1% Hispanic or Latino.

Mohican Native American Village Castleton, NY

Mohican Village Castleton NY Illustrated In: Castleton, New York . . . Description: First Residents of Castleton: Mohican tribes planted maze (corn), squash, and beans, hunted the sylvan forests and fished the rivers and streams.

Castleton: Henry Hudson Halfmoon (Halve Maen)

Henry Hudson stopping at Castleton in 1609 Illustrated In: Castleton, New York . . . Description: Henry Hudson stopping at Castleton in 1609

Castleton: Johannes Van Buren House

Johannes Van Buren House Castleton, NY Illustrated In: Castleton, New York . . . Description: Van Buren was an early farmer and entrepreneur

Castleton Piano Factory

Castleton NY piano factory Photographed In: Castleton, New York . . . Description: Castleton New York piano factory

Bridges Castleton, NY

Castelton NY bridges Photographed In: Castleton, New York . . . Description: Alfred H. Smith Memorial Bridge and the NYS Thruway Bridge pass over the village

Castleton, NY Railroad Poster

New York Central Poster circa 1924 Illustrated In: Castleton, New York . . . Description: New York Central Poster circa 1924

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