American Locomotive Co. Workers, Boy Scouts Of America, Boy Scouts Troop 101 of Cheyenne, British Eighth Arm, Chasing Blue Signs, Clench's Tavern, Fort Oswego, Fort Stanwix, Friedley-Voshardt Co, History Happend Here, M-7 Day, Massacre of 1690, Old Dutch Church, Schenectady, Schenectady Community College, Schenectady Liberty Park, Statue Of Liberty
The other day, I took a drive down the street in search of the sights and sounds of the local area. It was a nice day, sunny and in the 50’s. So why not go for the drive?
As I drove down route 5, I crossed into the town of Schenectady after learning about a certain park where a small version of the Statue of Liberty stands. In Liberty Park, a small triangle of land in downtown Schenectady, NY, there is a replica of the Statue of Liberty. It also has same five-pointed star base as the original.
So after discovering this, I decided to look up who and why this was put there. The story goes that in 1950, the Boy Scouts of America celebrated their 40th anniversary, with the theme Strengthen the Arm of Liberty. In honor of this they donating approximately two hundred 100-inch tall, 290 lb. replicas of the Statue of Liberty. Costing approximately $350 plus that almighty shipping and handling, they were given to communities in 39 different U.S. states and several U.S. possessions and territories. Of the original copies, approximately 100 can currently be located, this has been accomplished by the Boy Scouts Troop 101 of Cheyenne, Wyoming,. These copper statues were manufactured by Friedley-Voshardt Co.
This is the base of the statue where if you click on it, you can read more. Sorry about seeing my shadow though.
This location is history to many other major events throughout history, more so than just the Statue Of Liberty. As you can see this was also a route to Fort Stanwix and Fort Oswego.
Sadly this location has been the site of many vandalism acts. Up until recently, this whole area was covered with large trees and bushes. Where rumors of homeless people living in and around. As you can see in the above picture, someone has erased history.
Like I previously said, this location has quite the amount of history. Even the First Dutch Church of the area was built here. Also some terrible tragedy as you continue reading the above tablet. Something that many of us probably have never hear of.
So much history in this one little section, and no, I didn’t end up walking around much at all. Just in this little section of Liberty Park, located at the bus stop near Schenectady Community College.
A day of tribute was paid on April 10th, 1943 as representatives of the British Eighth Arm paid tribute to American Locomotive Co. Workers. For what I’m not Excalibur sure, but maybe someone could fill me in on that.
And finally, this little sign talks more about the Massacre of 1690, in which this is where the southwest corner of stockade once was. The blockhouse or fort containing the royal flagstaff stood until it was burned during the massacre.
There is a lot of history within the city limits of Schenectady, but a lot of them happened in this small little area of Liberty Park. An area I didn’t even knew existed up until a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve traveled by this so many times. It might be a small little park, but it’s so rich with history and should defiantly be preserved.