About the City of Plattsburgh

 

The City of Plattsburgh is located on Lake Champlain in the northeast part of New York State about 20 miles south of the Canadian Border. To the west of Plattsburgh sits 6.1 million acres of land called the Adirondack Park which contains the famous Adirondack Mountains. There are over one hundred summits, ranging from under 1,200 to over 5,000 feet in altitude. 

 
Plattsburgh was founded by Zephaniah Platt in 1785.  Plattsburgh has been the site of a number of historical events.  These events include the Revolutionary War's Battle of Valcour Island and the War of 1812's Battle of Plattsburgh. 
 
Plattsburgh is tied to a number of famous and infamous people. The actor Jean Arthur was born here in 1900, John Henry Hopkins who was a former rector of Plattsburgh's Trinity Episcopal Church is the author of the Christmas hymn "We Three Kings of Orient Are,” and architect John Russell Pope who designed the Jefferson Memorial also is the architect who designed Plattsburgh's City Hall.
 
The current mayor of Plattsburgh is Donald M. Kasprzak.  Plattsburgh is the home to approximately 19,000 people. 
 
Currently, Plattsburgh is under going some major developments.  There will be a new Waterfront Park located in the downtown area.  Walgreens and Kinney Drug Store are in the process of being built.  The United Group is building new college housing at the old St. John's School property.  Catherine Gardens is another housing project which will be located in the Center City. Also, our Community Development Office is in the process of revitalizing downtown through New York State grants.
 
Plattsburgh holds many festivals throughout the year that include the Mayor’s Cup Festival and Regatta, the Commemoration of the Battle of Plattsburgh, and various small events. The city holds the largest professional bass fishing tournament every year that is organized by the FLW and BASS. 
  
The City of Plattsburgh has many recreation trails, fields, and beaches with easy access to Lake Champlain.
 



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