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Citizens to hail Warrensburg on its 200th birthday today

Warrensburg’s downtown — now the site of the Floyd Bennett Memorial Bandstand and Rite Aid Pharmacy — is depicted in this vintage photo, believed to be taken in the 1870s.

Warrensburg’s downtown — now the site of the Floyd Bennett Memorial Bandstand and Rite Aid Pharmacy — is depicted in this vintage photo, believed to be taken in the 1870s.

— Relying on this local natural power source, entrepreneurs developed various sawmills, tanneries, as well as plants that manufactured clothing, paper and cardboard. One of the town’s products, the sturdy wool Warrensburgh Pants, became nationally famous. Potash production was an important factor in the economy of the town during its formative years.

With its various industries, Warrensburg rose to pre-eminence in the 1800s, a status that endured well into the 20th Century. Over this time, it has been known as "The Bridge" or "The Gateway to the Adirondacks" because of the vast number of people who annually travel through town to reach various destinations in northern New York State.

Along the way, the town produced some notable citizens, influential in expeditions, cultural development and state politics.

Among its leading citizens through the past 200 years was Charles Reed Bishop, who grew up in Warrensburg. Bishop, who moved to Hawaii in 1846, is famous for establishing Hawaii’s first bank, and launching various enterprises. Renowned as a philanthropist, he made substantial contributions to Hawaii’s schools and educational system. He was elected as representative to the legislature of the Hawaiian Kingdom, and served as president of the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce.

Also prominent in Warrensburg’s history was Floyd Bennett, an aviator who piloted Richard E. Byrd on his attempt to reach the North Pole in 1926. Both received the U.S. Medal of Honor for their expedition, and they were hailed as national heroes. Warrensburg’s bandstand was built in Bennett‘s honor, and has since served as the town’s logo.

The staff of the Adirondack Journal and Denton Publications join local citizens in paying tribute to the town on this momentous, historic occasion.

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