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?


  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:

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