Mechanicville is a town in Saratoga County, New York located on the eastern border of Saratoga County on the Hudson RIver north of Albany, NY Mechanicville is adjacent the towns of Stillwater immediately to the north and Halfmoon on the west. The town of Schaghticoke, Rensselaer County lies across the Hudson River
Demographics According to the 2000 census there were 5,020 residents, 2,218 homes, and 1,276 families living in the Mechanicville. The ethnic heritage of the city was 98% White, with less than 1% African American, Native American, Asian, and Hispanic or Latino.
1721 the first recorded settlement in the area that would become Mechanicville was made by Cornelius Van Buren on the Thenendehowa Creek where he built a sawmill. The name Mechanicville dates back to 1829. At the time, craftsmen such as coopers, wheelwrights, carpenters, miller, etc. were collectively referred to as "mechanics" long before the invention of the automobile.
1823 the Champlain Canal reach the hamlet. In 1835 Rensselaer and Saratoga Railroad arrived resulting in a surge of commerce and trade that swelled the population of the area.
1859 Mechanicville became an incorporated village with a thousand residents drawn to employment in the textile and paper mills that were springing up as a result of abundant water resources, hydro power, and transportation.
1898 A Hydroelectric plant was built on the Hudson River.
1920 the village hosted over 10,000 residents many now employed in the rail car repair factories and transfer yards.
1915 Incorporated as the City of Mechanicville.
1932 The first High Voltage Direct Current terminal was built.