Latitude: 43.0967

Longitude: -75.2319

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Utica, New York

The selectable maps and pictures within this page present facts related to Utica, New York. Utica is a city in the Mohawk Valley and the county seat of Oneida County, New York, United States. The population was 62,235 at the 2010 census, an increase of 2.6% from the 2000 census due largely to a large immigrant refugee influx.

Utica and the neighboring city of Rome are principal cities of the Utica–Rome, New York Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Oneida and Herkimer counties.

History

Early history

Utica is located at the shallowest spot along the Mohawk River which made it the best place for fording across, and an Iroquois Indian crossroads and fording location made trade exceedingly easy for local merchants. With a shallow spot on the river that was already inhabited by trading partners, the location was ideal for a settlement.

Utica was first settled by Europeans in 1773, on the site of Fort Schuyler which was built in 1758. The fort was named Fort Schuyler after Col. Philip Schuyler, a hero of the French and Indian War. After the French and Indian War the fort was abandoned and then during the American Revolution the original settlement (Yunę́ʼnare·θ in Tuscarora) was destroyed by Tories and Native Americans. The settlement eventually became known as Old Fort Schuyler when a military fort in nearby Fort Stanwix in Rome, New York was renamed Fort Schuyler during the American Revolution and evolved into a village.

In 1794, a road was built to Albany, New York known as State Road. By 1797 the road was extended and completed to the Genesee River and the full road was known as it is now, Genesee Road. The creation of the Seneca Turnpike was the first significant factor in the growth and development of Utica, as this small settlement became the resting and relocating area on the Mohawk River for goods and people moving into Western New York and past the Great Lakes.

Moses Bagg, a blacksmith, built a small tavern near Old Fort Schuyler to accommodate weary travelers waiting for their horse's shoes to be repaired. After just a few years this small shanty tavern became a two story inn and pub known as Bagg's Hotel. The first bridge over the Mohawk River was erected in the summer of 1792 by a Long Island carpenter who had settled in Utica, Apollos Cooper, although local and regional architects that had seen the bridge were very skeptical to use it, and the bridge was soon destroyed in the spring floods.

The perhaps apocryphal account of Utica's naming suggests that around a dozen citizens of the Old Fort Schuyler settlement met at the Bagg's Tavern to discuss the name of the emerging village. Unable to settle on one particular name, Erastus Clark's entrant of "Utica" was drawn from several suggestions, and the village thereafter became associated with Utica, Tunisia, the ancient Carthaginian city.

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Adirondack Scenic Railroad (1.09 km)

The Adirondack Scenic Railroad is a tourist railway located in the Adirondack Park that operates on the tracks of the former New York Central RR Adirondack Division between Utica and Lake Placid. The Adirondack Scenic is operated by the Adirondack Railroad Preservation Society, a not-for profit entity, with train crews largely made up of volunteers. Between Utica and Remsen, the Adirondack Scenic operates on the tracks of the Mohawk, Adirondack & Northern RR, part of the Genesee Valley Transportation Company.

Forest Hill Cemetery, Utica (2.73 km)

Forest Hill Cemetery is a cemetery in Utica, New York. Notable burials Ezekiel Bacon (1776-1870), represented Massachusetts's 12th congressional district from 1807 to 1813. William J. Bacon (1803-1889), represented New York's 23rd congressional district from 1877 to 1879. Samuel Beardsley (1790-1860), represented New York in the United States House of Representatives from 1831 to 1836, from 1843 to 1844. Alfred Conkling (1789-1874), represented New York's 14th congressional district from 1821 to 1823.

WUSP (2.75 km)

WUSP and WRCK are AM radio stations operating at 1550 kHz and 1480 kHz and located in Utica, New York and Remsen, New York respectively. The stations are currently owned by Frank Abadessa and Thomas Coyne, through licensee Good Guys Broadcasting Corporation. In July 2010, the stations added an FM simulcast in W238CA 95.5 FM in Middleville and rebranded as B95.5 and now transmitting/licensed from atop Smith Hill in Deerfield. It is currently branded as 95.5 WUSP. WRCK was known as WADR until March 2012; the WRCK call letters were previously used by the stations now known as WUTQ-FM and WKVU.

Yorkville, Oneida County, New York (3.72 km)

Yorkville is a village in Oneida County, New York, USA. The population was 2,689 at the 2010 census. The Village of Yorkville is in the southeast part of the Town of Whitestown adjacent to the City of Utica. History The early population was composed of workers from the textile mills in adjacent New York Mills. The village was incorporated in 1902. Geography Yorkville is located at (43.110719, -75.273306). According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.7 km²), all of it land.

Notre Dame Junior Senior High School (Utica) (4.08 km)

Notre Dame Junior Senior High School (NDJSHS) in Utica, New York, is a co-ed Roman Catholic high school. Notre Dame includes grades 7-12, and is known primarily for being highly competitive in both baseball and basketball. Notre Dame's current principal is Sister Anna Mae Collins, assisted by Roy Kane as the vice principal. It is located within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse. Background The school mascot is the Juggler. Morning announcements are generally made via the daily "Morning Show", a student run news channel broadcast to mounted televisions in each room.

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WBVM

For the radio station in Utica, New York that previously used these calls, see WUSP. WBVM, branded as Spirit FM 90.5, is a Christian-based radio station in Tampa, Florida, broadcasting on 90.5 FM with an ERP of 77,000 watts. It signed on in May 1986 and began broadcasting a second channel in digital HD radio in 2007. In June 2008, the station began additionally streaming its HD channel on the internet. The station's signal covers the Tampa Bay Area cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater, as well as the Sarasota-Bradenton metropolitan area and Lakeland, Florida.

WLZW

WLZW (or Lite 98.7) is an Adult Contemporary radio station in Utica, New York formerly owned by Regent Broadcasting, currently owned by Townsquare Media. History The station signed on the air on January 1, 1974 and ran a beautiful music format under the call letters WIBQ until abruptly changing format and callsign in 1985. As WNYZ The station changed format to classic hits as "Z 98.7" with the call letters WNYZ. Later WNYZ went into a rock-leaning Top 40 format. The first two songs played on "New York's Z-98.

WFRG-FM

WFRG-FM (Big Frog 104) is a country music radio station. It bills itself as "The Best And Most Country" and broadcasts to the Utica, New York market. History 104.3 FM in Utica signed on the air in 1948 as WRUN-FM. In 1976 the station changed their call letters to WKGW and began airing an adult contemporary format under the name KG-104 then Magic 104. For many years, they were the market leading AC station, outlasting competitor WUUU in this format. In its later years, the name was changed to back to KG-104. Their market leading status would not last though.

Steuben, New York

Steuben is a town in Oneida County, New York, United States. The population was 1,110 at the 2010 census. The town is named after Baron von Steuben. The Town of Steuben in northeast of Utica, New York (Note that there is also a Steuben County, New York). History The town is part of the land grant made to von Steuben after the American Revolution. He maintained his summer residence in a log cabin in the town. His remains are buried in a state historic site east of Steuben village. Steuben was formed from part of the Town of Whitestown in 1792.

Blue Mountain Lake, New York

Blue Mountain Lake is a rural hamlet in the Town of Indian Lake of Hamilton County, New York located at the intersection of New York Routes 28 and 30. Blue Mountain Lake also refers to the lake on the banks of which the hamlet is situated. Blue Mountain Lake is about north of Utica, New York and about northwest from Albany, New York. The place is named after the mountain peak, Blue Mountain.
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