Histopolis Place-of-the-Day

Histopolis features a different cemetery, town, county or other place every day on the Place-of-The-Day.

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Histopolis Place-of-the-Day for Monday, August 22, 2011 is the Rensselaer County in New York.

"Rensselaer County is a county in the U.S. state of New York. As of the 2010 census, the population was 159,429. Its name is in honor of the family of Kiliaen van Rensselaer, the original Dutch owner of the land in the area. Its county seat is Troy. It is part of the Albany-Schenectady-Troy Metropolitan Statistical Area.


"The area that is now Rensselaer County was originally inhabited by the Mohican Indian tribe until it was bought by the Dutch jeweler and merchant Kiliaen van Rensselaer in 1630 and incorporated in his patroonship Rensselaerswyck (which, in turn, was part of the Dutch colony New Netherland). The land passed into English hands in 1664 until the Dutch regained control for a year in 1673, but the English took it back in 1674. Until 1776, the year of American independence, it was under English or British control. However, the county didn't actually exist as a legal entity until 1791 when it was created from land that was originally part of Albany County.

"In 1807, in a county re-organization, the rural sections of Troy were set off as towns, and the city itself was incorporated. The two towns created were Brunswick and Grafton, both named after British dukes, (the Duke of Brunswick and Duke of Grafton). A third town, Philipstown, was set off in 1806, but renamed in 1808 to Nassau after the Duke of Nassau."

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August 2011

1Murray County, Georgia
2Jones County, Iowa
3Marion County, Georgia
4Potter County, Texas
5Holmes County, Ohio
6Wood County, Ohio
7Belknap County, New Hampshire
8Cook County, Minnesota
9Douglas County, Nebraska
10Ohio County, West Virginia
11Wolfe County, Kentucky
12Los Alamos County, New Mexico
13Carbon County, Utah
14Pendleton County, West Virginia
15Houston County, Texas
16Neshoba County, Mississippi
17Allen County, Ohio
18Bristol Bay Borough, Alaska
19Jackson County, Illinois
20Sainte Genevieve County, Missouri
21Hunterdon County, New Jersey
22Rensselaer County, New York
23Pierce County, North Dakota
24Ross County, Ohio
25Las Animas County, Colorado
26Rooks County, Kansas
27Christian County, Missouri
28Oscoda County, Michigan
29Newton County, Indiana
30Carbon County, Pennsylvania
31Sarasota County, Florida



Note: The first Place-of-the-Day was in September 2010