- Hoosick Falls, New York
official_name = Hoosick Falls, New York
settlement_type = Village
pushpin_map_caption =Location within the state of New York
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Rensselaer
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 4.5
area_land_km2 = 4.5
area_water_km2 = 0.0
area_total_sq_mi = 1.7
area_land_sq_mi = 1.7
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 3436
population_density_km2 = 771.7
population_density_sq_mi = 1998.8
timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_m = 135
elevation_ft = 443
latd = 42 |latm = 54 |lats = 2 |latNS = N
longd = 73 |longm = 21 |longs = 9 |longEW = W
Hoosick Falls is a
villagein Rensselaer County, New York, United States. The population was 3,436 at the 2000 census. During its peak around 1900, the village had a population of about 7,000. The Capital District Regional Planning Commission projects a further decline in population through 2010 and beyond. Grandma Mosesis buried here.
Although this has been an issue of considerable debate, it's believed the first documented settlers came to Hoosick Falls, on the
Hoosic River, around 1746. The French drove the settlers out in 1754 and most of the settlement was burned, but they returned and rebuilt after the French & Indian War ended. Hoosick Falls was incorporated as a village in 1827.In 1852 a blacksmith named Walter A. Woodbegan manufacturing a reaper in Hoosick Falls. By the 1890's the Walter A. Wood Mowing & Reaping Company was the largest farm machinery manufacturer in the world, taking up 85 acres on the west bank of the river. The Wood Company closed in 1924, mainly due to the introduction of John Deer's revolutionary self propelled farm equipment. Most of these facilities were used by the Colasta Corporation from the mid 1920s until the late 1950s. This company manufactured radio parts. Later, parts of this site were used as a lumber yard/hardware store. A rash of arson fires in the mid and late 1970s consumed the entire complex. The only buildings still in use today are outside of the main complex, the Interface Solutions Plant (formerly the Wood-Flong Paper Mill), which was Walter A Wood's steel foundry. The original Office Building is still present also.
Along with the Walter Wood plant, Hoosick Falls was a boomtown in the 19th century. Many other businesses came into town, bringing people and money with it. Hoosick Falls once had factories that made Paper, small numbers of Appliances, Car Parts, Glass, and some nominal Soda and Beer Bottling Plants. A large number of rich Victorian homes were built during this period and are still there today, most in good shape. This was also a regional center of Trade and Export. Local farmers and manufacturers would come to town to sell their goods and load them on rail cars bound for New York City or abroad. These goods consisted of manufacturers, grain, milk, livestock, construction materials (mostly slate and brick), paper & pulp, timber and beverages.
Hoosick Falls is located at coor dms|42|54|2|N|73|21|9|W|city (42.900527, -73.352538)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.5 km²), all of it land.
The village is divided by the usually tranquil
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 3,436 people, 1,382 households, and 880 families residing in the village. The population densitywas 1,998.8 persons per square mile (771.3/km²). There were 1,553 housing units at an average density of 903.4/sq mi (348.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.58% White, 0.55% African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.99% of the population.
There were 1,382 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.3% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.05.
In the village the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 89.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.8 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $36,731, and the median income for a family was $45,829. Males had a median income of $33,750 versus $23,313 for females. The
per capita incomefor the village was $18,062. About 5.1% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.6% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.
Famous people connected to Hoosick Falls
*The father of
William Bliss Baker, a landscape painter, had a house in Hoosick Falls.
Harriet Hoctor, ballerina, dancer, Broadway theatreand Hollywood actress
*Bob and Ray Eberle, brothers and Big Band singers with Dorsey and Miller
Grandma Moses, whose artwork was first discovered in Thomas's drugstore window in Hoosick Falls.
*Private Harris S. Hawthorn, received the Medal of Honor for capturing Gen.
Custis Lee(the son of Gen. Robert E. Lee) on April 6, 1865 at the Battle of Sailor's Creek, Va. He is buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery.
*Harry van Surdam, “devised one of the first legal forward pass plays ever used by a college team,” according to the Oklahoma Daily, in a 1966 article. In 1972, he was placed in the National Football Hall of Fame. The award hangs in the foyer of the Hoosick Falls Central School.
* [http://www.hoosickfalls.com Village of Hoosick Falls and Town of Hoosick]
* [http://www.hoosickhistory.com Hoosick Township Historical Society]
* [http://www.cheneylibrary.org The Cheney Library]
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