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Originally appearing in Volume V05, Page 537 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CATSKILL, a village and the county-seat of Greene county, New York, U.S.A., on the W. bank of the Hudson river, 33 m. S. of Albany. Pop. (189o) 4920; (1900) 5484; of whom 657 were foreign-born; (1910) 5296. It is served by the West Shore railway, by severs] lines of river steamboats, and by the Catskill Mountain railway, connecting it with the popular summer resorts in the Catskill mountains. A ferry connects with Catskill station (Greendale) on the east side of the Hudson. The village is in a farming country, and manufactures woollen goods and bricks, but it is best known as a summer resort, and as the principal gateway to the beautiful Catskill Mountain region. The Recorder, a weekly newspaper, was established here in 1792 as the Packet. The first settler on the present site of Catskill was Derrick Tennis van Vechten, who built a house here in 1680. The village was not incorporated until 18o6. See J. D. Pinckney, Reminiscences of Catskill (Catskill, 1868).
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