Rexford, New York

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Rexford
hamlet
Rexford is located in New York
Rexford
Rexford
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 42°51′11″N 73°53′18″W / 42.85306°N 73.88833°W / 42.85306; -73.88833Coordinates: 42°51′11″N 73°53′18″W / 42.85306°N 73.88833°W / 42.85306; -73.88833
Country United States
State New York
County Saratoga
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Rexford is a hamlet in Saratoga County, New York, USA, located on the north bank of the Mohawk River.

Rexford is in the Town of Clifton Park, near the southwest town line. Its boundaries, like those of neighboring Alplaus, are unofficial and necessarily vague. To the south, it is bounded by the Mohawk River and Grooms Road and to the west, Alplaus and the Schenectady County line. Route 146 (Balltown Road) and Vischer's Ferry Road, are probably a reasonable delineations of its northern and eastern boundaries. The Rexford Fire District protected by the John McLane Hose Company is probably the most accurate survey of Rexford. The ZIP Code is 12148.

Noteworthy features of Rexford today[edit]

  • Glencliff Elementary School, Niskayuna School District; 961 Riverview Road, Rexford, New York, 12148 (Most of the Niskayuna School District lies within Schenectady County.)
  • Schenectady Yacht Club, 1676 Route 146, Rexford, NY 12148
  • The Edison Club is a country club that was formed in 1904 by employees of the General Electric Company's Test Dept. The Edison's Rexford Clubhouse opened 2 July 1925. It has a 27-hole golf course.

History[edit]

This photo shows the earlier years of the Erie Canal as its stone aqueduct passes over the Mohawk River through Rexford.

Edward Rexford called the area Rexford Flats. The Methodist Church at 18 Main St. was built in 1839. There is a blacksmith shop across from the church which dates back to that same era, the time of the Erie Canal.[1]

Rexford was the site of an aqueduct that brought vessels traveling the Erie Canal across the Mohawk River.[2][dead link] The aqueduct was built in 1841. Large arches which supported its towpath can still be seen from the Route 146 bridge crossing the river today.[1]

The Schenectady Yacht Club is located in a former canal store, built circa 1900. The Club uses the remains of Lock 21, which is on its grounds, for moving boats in and out of the river. Lock 21 was built in 1842 as part of an enlargement of the Canal.[1]

Rexford once had a 2-room schoolhouse, located at the corner of Riverview and what is now Route 146. This was razed in the 1960s and replaced by a firehouse, which was replaced by a Stewart's convenience store in 2001. The firehouse is now located north of the intersection on Route 146.

In the early 1900s, there was an amusement park at Rexford with rides, games, and refreshments. Trolleys brought people from the city of Schenectady. The park was known as Luna Park, Dolle's Park, Colonnade Park, Palisades Park, and Rexford Park.[1][3][4]

The McLane Hotel, razed in 1964, was a stop for stagecoaches and canal boats. John McLane operated it until about 1930.[5][dead link][6][dead link][2][dead link] Before its demise the McLane was a mysterious-looking, old-fashioned and extremely weathered building with large galleries on both floors and a cupola at its peak.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Rexford Ramble". Mohawktowpath.homestead.com. Retrieved 2010-07-31. 
  2. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Susan Rosenthal, Schenectady (Arcadia, 2000) ISBN 0-7385-0339-8
  4. ^ Description of Luna Park/Dolle's Park - Capital District Library Council
  5. ^ [2][dead link]
  6. ^ [3][dead link]

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