Alplaus, New York
|Alplaus, New York|
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|Elevation||210 ft (64 m)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
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Alplaus is in the southeast corner of the town of Glenville.
Since Alplaus is not an incorporated area, its borders are not specific. Some may consider the ZIP Code 12008 to define Alplaus, while others may say it is the Alplaus volunteer fire department (officially known as Glenville Fire District #2).
Rexford, a hamlet in the town of Clifton Park in Saratoga County, borders Alplaus to the east. The Mohawk River borders on the south. Generally, the Glenridge and Schenectady Country Airport represents the western border.
The major natural feature of the hamlet is the Alplaus Kill (creek), which is a tributary to the Mohawk River.
The Schenectady County Airport (FAA code KSCH) lies partially within Alplaus. The Stratton Air National Guard Base is located on this airport. The 109th Airlift Wing, based at Stratton, supports Arctic and Antarctic operations using C-130 aircraft.
The Wells Seaplane Base (FAA id 94D) is located at the Mohawk Marina near the mouth of the Alplaus Kill.
From 1902 to 1941, the "longest trolley bridge in the world" crossed the Mohawk River at Alplaus. The trolley brought visitors from Schenectady to the fairgrounds in Rexford.
The Alplaus fire department was founded in 1930.
Kurt Vonnegut lived in Alplaus when he worked for General Electric in Schenectady, in the late 1940s. He was a member of the Alplaus Volunteer Fire Department.  His recollections of the fire department's extra-loud siren can be found in his novel, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. [www.albany.edu/writers-inst/vonnegutkurt.html]
Alplaus, a Brief History. This pamphlet was written and distributed on the occasion of the USA Bicentennial and the first annual Fourth of July parade and celebration in Alplaus.