Valley Falls, NY


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Valley Falls is a village in Rensselaer County, New York, United States. The population was 491 at the 2000 census. The village lies on the boundary of the towns of Pittstown and Schaghticoke, but is mostly in the northwest part of Pittstown.
In 1871, Industrialist James Thompson built a textile mill in the village. Nearly all village residents worked in the mill and school kids ran home when the mill's lunch whistle sounded. After its height of operation in the 1970s it entered a decade of decline. The mill had been vacant for at least 10 years when went up in flames in the early morning hours on April 22, 2009.
By 1863 Valley Falls had established itself as a mini-industrial center. In addition to the aforementioned Thompson textile mill, the village also had a blacksmith shop, farrier shop, foundry, wainwright shop, cooperage, vineyard, three general stores, and two hotels. At this time only a single rail line (Troy & Boston RR) from Troy came through the southern limit of the village heading to Johnsonville, New York. Later, a second rail line from Schaghticoke would follow the Hoosic River past Thompson's Mill also heading to Johnsonville. By the early 1970s the southern rail line was completely abandoned and had been largely dismantled; the northern line still functions to this day. However, with the closing of the Thompson mill the train no longer stops in Valley Falls.