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Glens Falls City

Glens Falls City Hall is located at 42 Ridge Street, Glens Falls NY 12801; phone: 518‑761‑3800.

John E. Parry House, ca. 1890, 146 Warren Street, Glens Falls, NY, National Register

Photo: John E. Parry House, ca. 1890, 146 Warren Street, Glens Falls, NY. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Photographed for Living Places by Ronald Gombach, copyright © 2010, The Gombach Group.

Glens Falls was incorporated as a village in 1839. In 1908 it was incorporated as a city.

Beginnings [1]

Glens Falls was known to the Indians as Che-pon-tuc, meaning "a difficult place to get around, or get past." To those who traveled by canoe the term seemed fitting. In 1762 a patent of Queensbury Town was granted to "several of our loving subjects" by King George III. A large portion of this patent was purchased by one Abraham Wing, who erected a grist and saw mill at the Falls. Later, on a convivial occasion, Wing sold his birthright for a mess of potage — or to speak more plainly — transferred his right and title to the name to a Colonel Johannes Glenn, for the price of a "wine supper," which the latter paid for and the name was changed to Glen's Falls.

  1. Stoddard, S. R., Lake George and Lake Champlain, 40th edition, Glens Falls N.Y., 1910.
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