Pittstown, New York

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Pittstown is a town in Rensselaer County, New York, United States. The population was 5,644 at the 2000 census. It is in the northern part of the county.

A small part of the north town line is Rensselaer County's border with Washington County, New York. Moving west, the Hoosic River defines the town's northwestern line to the crux of its border with the town of Schaghticoke, which juts south to form the western town line. The towns of Brunswick and Grafton border to the southwest and southeast, respectively, with the town of Hoosick to the east.

The majority of the town is serviced by the Hoosic Valley Central School District while the southern part of the town is serviced by Brunswick (Brittonkill) Central School District.

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History

The town is one of the original towns in the county and was created in 1788 from a patent dated 1761. It was originally named Millertown, but the town name was changed in the late 1870s as a veiled insult towards Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As Millertown was also the name of a hamlet within the town at large, this was seen as a way of settling confusion between the two. This was also the infancy of steel production in New York State, thanks to the Bessemer process, on which Pittstown hoped to capitalize. Ultimately, the steel industry in the town was short-lived, but the name stuck as a source of pride on the part of the town's citizens.

Geography

New York State Route 67 runs along the Hoosic River, which defines the northeast town line.

In western Pittstown, a manmade body of water, the Tomhannock Reservoir, provides water to the residents of the city of Troy.

The Pittstown State Forest[1] is in the southeast corner of the town, where New York State Route 7 runs along the northern edge of the Rensselaer Plateau.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 64.8 square miles (167.9 km²), of which, 61.7 square miles (159.9 km²) of it is land (95.2%) and 3.1 square miles (8.1 km²) of it is water (4.8%).

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