Schodack, New York

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Schodack is a town in Rensselaer County, New York, United States. The population was 12,536 at the 2000 census.[1] The town name is a corruption of a native word, Escotak[2]. The town is in the southwestern part of the county. Schodack is southeast of Albany, New York.

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History

Prior to the advent of the Dutch, the region was at the heart of the Mahican tribe. The location of their principal village was "Esquatak, the "fireplace of the nation." The town was partly explored by Henry Hudson in 1609.

The town was first settled in the 17th Century and was part of the Manor of Rensselaerswyck in the New Netherland colony. The town was established in 1795 when Rensselaerwyck was divided. In 1896, Part of the town was used to provide some territory for the Towns of Nassau and Berlin.

Blink Bonnie, Elmbrook Farm, and the Muitzes Kill Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 63.7 square miles (164.9 km²), of which, 62.2 square miles (161.2 km²) of it is land and 1.4 square miles (3.7 km²) of it (2.25%) is water. By area, it is the third largest town in Rensselaer County.

The west town line is the Hudson River with Albany County on the opposite bank. The south town line is the border of Columbia County.

The New York Thruway Ext, Interstate 90, US Route 9, and US Route 20 pass through the town.

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