Altamont, Albany County, New York

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Altamont is a village located in the town of Guilderland in Albany County, New York. The village is in the western part of the town. The population was 1,737 at the 2000 census. The name means "high mountain."



In colonial times, this area was part of the Manor of Rensselaerwyck, granted by the Dutch West India Company to Killian Van Rensselaer in 1630. The area was known as Hellerburgh in the early 18th century. In the early 19th century Knowersville was established in the rural part of Albany county just below the Helderberg Mountains. This settlement eventually became known as Altamont.[1]

Altamont was a summer vacation spot that was reached by train. The train station which once served this once busy whistle stop is now the future location of the Altamont Free Library. The old hotel in the town center burned down nearly a century ago. A village fair has been held annually in the local fairgrounds since 1893. The fairground is also the site of other festivals.

The village incorporated in 1890.[1] Hiram Griggs (1836-1909) was the first mayor of the village of Altamont and his house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.[2]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²), all of it land. However, there are two major streams that run through the town center.



As of the census of 2000, there were 1,737 people, 646 households, and 474 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,451.5 people per square mile (558.9/km²). There were 674 housing units at an average density of 563.2/sq mi (216.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.64% White, 1.09% African American, 0.12% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.04% of the population.[3]

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