FIFTY FOUR FACTS ABOUT WARREN COUNTY

  1. Warren County contains 940 square miles.
  2. The population of the county is 65,707 (2010 census).
  3. The county was formed March 12, 1813 from Washington County (formerly Charlotte County).
  4. The county was named for General Joseph Warren, Revolutionary War hero of the Battle of  Bunker Hill.
  5. The county has 11 towns, 1 village, and 1 city.
  6. The county lies wholly within the Adirondack Park (except for Glens Falls.)
  7. Four mountain ranges run through the county northeast to southwest – Luzerne, Kayaderosseras, Schroon, & Bouquet.  Potash and French Mountains lie between these mountain ranges.
  8. The Hudson, Schroon, and East Branch of the Sacandaga rivers flow through the county.
  9. There are seven major lakes in the county – Schroon, Brant, Loon, Friends, Thirteenth, Harrisburg, and Luzerne.
  10. The Hudson River on the way to New York  City drops 1000 feet in 50 miles cutting a gorge from Warrensburg to Lake Luzerne.
  11. Lake George is the largest body of water in the county  (323 feet above sea level with 365 islands).
  12. A glacier covered the county half a million years ago.  It receded leaving lakes,  a sandy plain to the north and west of Glens Falls and Gore, Puffer, and Eleventh Mountains.
  13. Surface rocks in the county are among the oldest in the world.  Feldspar, graphite and iron are mined.  Garnet and limestone are quarried.
  14. The soil of the county is sand and sandy loam, thin on upper slopes due to erosion from lumbering and forest fires.
  15. Temperatures in the county vary from –40 degrees F. in winter to +80 degrees F. in summer.
  16. Sixty eight to seventy five inches of snow fall annually in the county.
  17. Native American artifacts found in the county show evidence of their habitation in the Early Archaic Period (7,000 – 6,000 B.C.)
  18. In 1642, Father Isaac Joques, a Jesuit missionary, was the first recorded white man to see Lake George which he called Lac du St. Sacrement.
  19. From 1754-1763, the British and French battled for control of the frontier from Albany to Montreal in the French and Indian War.  Sir William Johnson commanded the British forces, built the Military Road from the Fort Edward to the site of Fort William Henry, and renamed the lake Lake George.
  20. The county was settled through land grants.  Abraham Wing, John Thurman, the Jessup Brothers, and James Caldwell were among the early grant holders and land developers.
  21. In 1790, John Thurman owned one slave.  The largest slave population in the county was 7 in 1820.
  22. Baron von Riedesel gathered artillery at Fort William Henry during the Revolutionary War.
  23. Baroness von Riedesel passed though the county on her way to the Battle of Saratoga in 1777.  Her account of the war is one of the few written by women during that time.
  24. In 1780, Carleton’s Raiders sacked the town of Queensbury laying it to waste.
  25. Several sites in the county were stations on the Underground Railroad during the pre Civil War period.
  26. Farming and lumbering were the chief occupations of settlers during the 18th and 19th centuries.
  27. The Town of Horicon sent more soldiers to the Civil War than any other town in the county.
  28. The Plank Road was built in 1848 and eventually ran from Glens Falls to Chestertown becoming the basis for State Route 9
  29. The Feeder Canal opened in 1832 connecting Glens Falls with the Champlain Canal.
  30. The railroad went to Thurman, Riverside, and North Creek in 1871.
  31. Theodore Roosevelt got on the train at North Creek to become United States President following the assassination of President McKinley.
  32. The Delaware and Hudson Railroad reached Lake George in 1873 and served the area  until 1957.
  33. The cog railroad up Prospect Mountain served as a tourist attraction until 1903.
  34. The Floyd Bennett Field  (now the site of the Queensbury school campus) began in 1918 and served as the county’s only airport until 1946.
  35. Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport was built on County Line Road.
  36. In 1967, the Adirondack Northway connected New York City to Montreal passing through the county.
  37. The first electricity in the county was generated in 1880 by Zenas Van Dusen.
  38. At one time Warrensburg had more churches than any other town in the county.
  39. The Warren County Municipal Center opened in 1963 on Route 9, Queensbury.
  40. The Warren Republican was the first newspaper in the county.
  41. Governor Dix, Charles Evans Hughes, Robert Patterson, Charles Reed Bishop, and Representative Gerald Solomon were outstanding political figures from Warren County.
  42. Mountainside Library was built with monies from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
  43. There are thirteen libraries in Warren County.
  44. In 1844, there were 112 school districts in the county.
  45. In 1961, Adirondack Community College was founded.
  46. The ratio of Republicans to Democrats was 2 to 1 with 23, 479 enrolled voters in 2001.
  47. Today fourteen public historians, eight museums and 12 historical societies interpret the history of the county.
  48. Civil War photographer Mathew Brady was born in Warren County.
  49. Artist Georgia O’Keeffe painted Lake George in the 1920s.
  50. The Americade and the Hot Air Balloon Festival are annual events in the county.
  51. Glens Falls Hospital has 2000 employees  and 200 physicians to provide medical care for the area.
  52. Hudson Headwaters Health Network provides medical care for rural northern Warren County.
  53. In 1988, the 911system was installed by the Warren County Sheriff’s Department.
  54. Warren County Historical Society was chartered  in 1997.

Prepared 2005 by Dr. Marilyn Van Dyke, Executive Director, Warren County Historical Society.

 

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