13 Facts About Schenectady


Schenectady is a city in Schenectady County, New York, United States, of which it is the county seat.

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Schenectady was founded on the south side of the Mohawk River by Dutch colonists in the 17th century, many of whom came from the Albany area.

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The name "Schenectady" is derived from the Mohawk word skahnehtati, meaning "beyond the pines" and used for the area around Albany, New York.

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Schenectady was part of emerging technologies, with GE collaborating in the production of nuclear-powered submarines and, in the 21st century, working on other forms of renewable energy.

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In 1819, Schenectady suffered a fire that destroyed more than 170 buildings and most of its historic, distinctive Dutch-style architecture.

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That year the city of Schenectady had a total population of 3939, which included 240 free blacks, 47 slaves, and 91 foreigners.

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Schenectady benefited by increased traffic connecting the Hudson River to the Mohawk Valley and the Great Lakes to the west and New York City to the south.

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The Albany and Schenectady Turnpike was constructed in 1797 to connect Albany to settlements in the Mohawk Valley.

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In 1892, Schenectady became the headquarters of the General Electric Company.

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Schenectady is home to WGY, the second commercial radio station in the United States, .

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ZIP code 12345, which is used by the GE plant in Schenectady, has attracted media attention on account of its simplicity.

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Schenectady was a manufacturing center known as "The City that Lights and Hauls the World"—a reference to two prominent businesses in the city, the Edison Electric Company, and the American Locomotive Company .

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Schenectady has freight rail service from Canadian Pacific Railway and Norfolk Southern Railway.

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