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Hudson Valley Railway Papers
Record Series Hudson Valley Railway Papers
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Dates 1899-1916 (with Gaps)
Location Warren County Records Storage & Archives.
Format Preprinted forms and typed legal documents
Arranged Chronological by File Date
Volume 1 cubic ft
Department County Clerk
Legal Restrictions None
Use Restrictions Staff will access all records and must approve all requests for copies
Historical Background Late-19th century transportation systems included the introduction of the narrow gauge railroad between the tri-village communities of Fort Edward and Sandy Hill in Washington County and Glens Falls in Warren County. Begun in 1885, the street railway consisted initially of horse-drawn cars transporting passengers over narrow gauge tracks. By the 1890's the line was sold, extended to Lake George & Warrensburg, electrified and renamed. At its height the Hudson Valley Railway operation included over 100 cars, 130 miles of track and employed more than 500. The line was eventually abandoned with trolleys being replaced by buses in 1928. A colorful part of our transportation history, the Hudson Valley Railway labor strike in 1902, locally known as "The Riot of Cool's Switch" -- brought forth the National Guard and resulted in the handing down of 21 criminal indictments!
Description of Record Series Preprinted forms and typed legal documents including but not limited to: affidavits, agreements, orders, consents, oaths, court testimony involving the Hudson Valley Railway Co. and others, with file dates and personal signatures affixed to documents. Formerly tri-folded, now unfolded in acid-free folders. OCA Schedule # 20460.
Purpose of Record A record of legal proceedings involving the Hudson River Railway Company as brought before the Warren County Supreme Court and providing legal documentation for extensions and property acquisitions.
Other Formats None
Finding Aids Indexed with title, file date, description, RSC location. Series on inventory database.
Related Series Predecessor Court Actions, Supreme Court Actions, Criminal Indictments, Judgments, Maps-Misc.

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