Introduction to Cohoes, New York
Cohoes, New York, in Albany county, is 8 miles N of Albany, New York and 137 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The city is included in the Albany - Schenectady - Troy metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 15,521 people lived in Cohoes.
The area now known as Cohoes was originally inhabited by Native Americans and was a part of the Rensselaerwyck manor. In fact, the city derives its name from a Mohawk expression meaning "Place of the Falling Canoe." In 1630, the land was purchased from the local natives. A dam was constructed above the Cohoes waterfall on the Mohawk River in 1831, enabling the city to flourish as a leading textile center. The Harmony Manufacturing Company was the first textile company of the city and was established in 1836. Cohoes was incorporated as a village in 1848, and reincorporated as a city in 1869.
Cohoes and nearby Attractions
- Peebles Island State Park
- Van Schaick Mansion
- Waterford Historical Museum
- Cohoes Falls
- Watervliet Arsenal Museum
- Thompson's Lake State Park
Things To Do In Cohoes
While staying in Cohoes, you can visit the Overlook Park, Peebles Island State Park and Lansing Park. The Van Schaick Mansion is also worth visiting. The Falls View Park also offers scenic views of Cohoes Falls. The Children's Museum of Science and Technology, Watervliet Arsenal Museum and the Waterford Historical Museum are also nearby popular tourist spots.
Albany International Airport is nearby.
Cohoes Higher Education
Siena College, Hudson Valley Community College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are close by.