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Coxsackie, New York

Coxsackie was settled around 1652 by the Dutch.

The Union Aqueduct Association was incorporated in 1804 by Dorrance Kirtland, John Bartlett, Philip Conine, junior, Peter C. Adams, Henry Johnson, Samuel Field, Archibald MiVickar, Daniel Farrey, George Wilson, Simeon Fitch, Isaac Miner, junior, Stephen Warren, and John Robbins "for supplying the said village in the said town with water by means of conduits or aqueducts."  This company built a system using wooden logs, but they were never adequate.

The Village of Coxsackie built a gravity water system in 1894 using cast-iron pipes.

Water is provided by Village of Coxsackie Water Department.

1804 Journal of the Assembly of the State of New York
Page 64: February 11, 1804. The petition of Dorrance, Kirtland and others, inhabitants of the village of Coxsackie, praying that they and their associates may be incorporated by the name of the union Aqueduct Association for the purpose of supplying the said village with pure and wholesome water, was read, and referred to a select committee, consisting of Mr. S. Smith, Mr. Simmons, and Mr. Van Allen.

1804 An act for incorporating an Aqueduct Association in the Town of Coxsackie, in the County of Greene, April 9th, 1804.

1897 "Coxsackie" from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 4

1914 "Coxsackie" from Annual Report of the State Department of Health of New York for the Year Ending December 31, 1913, Volume 34

1991 Under Three Flags, by Raymond Beecher
Pages 95-101:  The Utilities - Water, Telephone, and Electricity

1994 The Greene County Catskills: a history, by Field Home
Pages 108-109:  Catskill and Coxsackie initiated water systems very early, in 1803 and 1804.  Coxsackie's Union Aqueduct Association, incorporated in 1804, placed log water pipes underground from a stream near Climax; these 10" diameter pipes had a 2-1/2" bore but were never adequate, and Coxsackie also drew from the Hudson and a town pump. (A dam at Climax provided a modern system in 1899.)

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