The Elderly Peculiar Schenectady

Martyn at Old Roads: “There is always an ‘old, weird [insert nation here]’ history waiting to be written.” Old, weird France. Ancient, mysterious Germany. Old, weird Uganda?

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  1. The amount of corporate and mercantile history in this otherwise sleepy and currently insignificant city is astounding. Also the name is pretty cool.

    I grew up there BTW, and coupled with the my town (Niskayuna) I used up all of my spelling brain cells.

  2. I did not know that.

    I am very warmly inclined towards upstate and western New York, the whole Erie Canal corridor. I don’t know if it’s because of my Buffalo housemates, or all the time I’ve spent driving I-90, or the evident similarities to southern Ontario, or the musical names–Schenectady, Utica, Herkimer, Cheektowaga. I want to make a D&D fantasy world using only place names from upstate and western New York.

  3. The funny thing is that people would so not notice, since you could also use:
    Polad, Russia, Troy, Mount Vernon, Rochester, Alexander, Alexandria Bay, Argyle, Attica, Babylon, Boonville, Canajoharie, Cleveland, Cuba, Delhi, Fishkill, Fultonville, Homer, Jordan, Naples, Nassau, Oswego, Ossian, Pleasant Valley, Rockland, etc…

    Some of these I remember from driving through Upstate a lot as a kid and some just sound neat.

    Also I ran into this interesting site while checking my facts verses my memory:
    http://yorkstaters.blogspot.com/2006/01/whats-in-name-no2-origins-of-classical.html

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