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Some Interesting Facts About Saratoga Springs NY

Posted on February 23, 2016 by Bill Petersen in City Information

Saratoga Springs city is located in Saratoga County, in upstate, east central New York. With slightly more than a hundred natural mineral springs. Even though the city is well known because of its rich and active nightlife and also home of the widely acclaimed Saratoga Race Course, it does also have a very rich and interesting history and heritage worth taking note of.

The tale of this city starts with Sir William Johnson, a British war hero of the Indian and French wars who along with some friendly native companions traveled to Saratoga Springs in 1767. Their main intention for coming to Saratoga Springs was to take advantage of the spa or medicinal spring to treat wounds suffered in battle. The spring they went to is now known as the High Rock Spring. The tales of how effective the spas were spread pretty fast and people started flocking the place. Due to this influx, the first settlements were built in 1776.

Real estate developments popped up as it became popular with tourists, several hotels were built in the city including the Grand Union Hotel. One of the leading investors during this period was Gideon Putnam; a revolutionary war hero of very high repute. He also laid out roads and later donated large swathes of land for use as public spaces. With its fame as the city of spas fast growing and in order to accommodate the ever increasing number of tourists more hotels were built. It is also worth mentioning that the well-known Battle of Saratoga’ which is considered by many historians and rightfully so as a major turning point of the Revolutionary War did occur in a town called Stillwater, which was a paltry 15 miles away from Saratoga Springs.

During the early 1860’s, profiteers and businessmen discovered Saratoga Springs and began drilling a total of six new springs, ran the first horse races at the Travers track and opened several hotels. Throughout the last quarter of the 19th century, Saratoga Springs was without doubt the most fashionable spa in the US, as a matter of fact, bottling of these waters did nearly deplete the springs. The New York State finally came to the rescue, acquiring the property in 1909 and consequently placing it in the charge of a conservation commission in 1916 once Saratoga Springs had been made a city in 1915.

The modern day Saratoga Springs NY is a beehive of activity, with a population of 26,586 as per the 2010 census, the city is categorized as affluent. In 2014, according to the online real estate brokerage, Mavoto, Saratoga Springs was ranked 10th in the list of the top ten places to live in the state of New York. In this regard, living in Saratoga Springs is without doubt a lifetime experience worth pursuing.

For transportation, Amtrak does offer rail transport to the city. The major airport that serves Saratoga Springs is mainly the Albany International Airport (20-25 minutes away). There is also the Saratoga County Airport which can be used even though it is located in the neighboring Ballston Spa.
The city is awash with attractions. The Saratoga Racecourse, opened in 1863, before moving to its current location in 1864 is widely recognized as the oldest thoroughbred horse racing course in the entire country. The Saratoga Race Track does host one the most prestigious racing meets for a period of 6 weeks. By hosting the Midsummer derby or Travers stakes, the city attracts thousands of race lovers and tourists alike. There is also the Saratoga raceway, which is a smaller, separate race track facility that’s generally used for harness racing.

SPAC Saratoga Performing Arts Center-see concerts ballet andmore Saratoga Race Course-thoroughbred hose racing at it's best Saratoga Springs comes alive at night

The city also has the Saratoga State Park, a 2000 acre piece of well laid out space which includes a golf course, reflecting pools, automobile museum , a spa and lots of smaller mineral springs as well as other attractions; making it very popular with tourists. For art and music lovers, there is Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in downtown Saratoga which hosts some top tier musical and symphony concerts. SPAC is in fact the summer home of the New York City Ballet. There are also more than ten museums which include national museums such as the New York State Military Museum and the Saratoga Springs History Museum.

For golf lovers, the prestigious Airway meadows as well as the Saratoga National Golf club are easily accessible. Just half an hour north of Saratoga, there are the blue waters of Lake George and majestic heights of the Adirondack Mountains. There is also the inviting Saratoga Lake as well as the artistically manicured Yaddo gardens for nature lovers.

In the education sector, Saratoga Springs is home to the highly acclaimed Skidmore College. This is a college with a very rich history, just like the city and established in 1903. It is regarded as a liberal arts college and is known for its emphasis in experimentation and creativity in the learning process.

If you are thinking that Saratoga Springs may be your next home, you will not be disappointed!


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