Moordener Kill

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Moordener Kill
Country United States
State New York
County Rensselaer
Towns Sand Lake, Schodack
 - location Sand Lake, New York
 - coordinates 42°36′21″N 73°35′10″W / 42.60583°N 73.58611°W / 42.60583; -73.58611
Mouth Hudson River
 - location Castleton-on-Hudson, New York
 - elevation 0 ft (0 m)
 - coordinates 42°32′36″N 73°45′14″W / 42.54333°N 73.75389°W / 42.54333; -73.75389Coordinates: 42°32′36″N 73°45′14″W / 42.54333°N 73.75389°W / 42.54333; -73.75389

The Moordener Kill[1] is a 15.5-mile-long (24.9 km)[2] tributary to the Hudson River that flows through southwestern Rensselaer County, New York, in the United States.

Moordener Kill translates to "Murderer Creek", with moordenaar being the modern Dutch word for "murderer" and kill for "creek".[3] The name comes from the fact that the creek was the site of an ambush of Dutch settlers by Native Americans in 1643 in which 7 men and 2 women were killed.[4]

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  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Moordener Kill
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed October 3, 2011
  3. ^ University of the State of New York Bulletin. University of the State of New York. 1914. p. 53. 
  4. ^ "Moordener Kill". Retrieved 2010-10-22.