Steinmetz Connection

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Steinmetz Connection

John Scavo, Town of Clifton Park Planner explores a trail within the property.

John Scavo, Town of Clifton Park Planner explores a trail within the property. Photo by John Carl D'Annibale, Times Union.

The Town of Clifton Park recently announced that it is purchasing a 41 acre parcel between Riverview Road (the Mohawk Towpath Byway) and the Mohawk River.  This parcel is northwest of Robinson Street and southeast of Brian Drive and the new Mohawk Landing Park.

Town of Clifton Park Historian John Scherer notes that a 2 acre pond on the site was used as a source for ice in the late 19th century.  Charles Steinmetz, the noted General Electric engineer and inventor at one time used the property as a camp, calling it “Camp Vischer”.  The property is north of historic lock 20 on the Erie Canal located at the end of Robinson Street.

In addition to the pond the property is wooded with a variety of mature hardwoods and a number of trails.  This will be another great historic, recreational, and natural asset along the Mohawk Towpath Byway.

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  1. […] Local folklore has it that the small pond on this site was, at one time, a source of clay.  A couple of centuries ago there was a brick making operation in a shallow lens of clay.  One day when the crew showed up to work,  the clay pit had totally filled with water.  Brick molds and tools are in the bottom of the pond.  A century ago noted GE engineer and inventor Charles Stienmetz owned the property and was known to camp out on the site from time to time.  (See “Stienmetz Connection“) […]

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