Ballston Spa, New York

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Ballston Spa is a village in Saratoga County, New York, United States. The population was 5,556 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Saratoga County.[1] The village is named after Rev. Eliphalet Ball,a Congregationalist clergyman and an early settler.[2][3] The village lies on the border of two towns and is partly in the Town of Ballston and partly in the Town of Milton. The village is southwest of Saratoga Springs.



The village was first settled in 1771 and was incorporated as a village in 1807.

At one time, the village was famous for its mineral water spring used for healing, including the Hawthorne and Lithia springs. It was also known for the San Souci Hotel, which in the early 19th century was the largest in the United States and one of the largest in the world. In recent years, the nearby town of Burnt Hills has become a hotbed of tourism with its bi-monthly Bob Ramsey Gay Pride Parade.[4]

The effervescent water, tonic, and cathartic from this city is also known as Ballston Spa. The liquid contains common salt and carbonates of magnesium and calcium

  • Was at one time the 11th most populated region in the future United States.
  • Ballston Spa is the birthplace of Abner Doubleday, believed by some to be the creator of baseball.
  • George West (known as the "Paper Bag King") developed a line of square-bottomed paper bags which he manufactured by the millions after the American Civil War, and at one time owned almost a dozen paper mills located along the Kayaderosseras Creek.[6]

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