About Amsterdam

Amsterdam, situated in Montgomery County, New York, boasts a rich history intertwined with the development of the Erie Canal. Established in the early 19th century, Amsterdam quickly became a vital hub for commerce and trade due to its strategic location along the canal route.

The Erie Canal, often hailed as the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” was a groundbreaking engineering marvel that connected the Great Lakes to the Hudson River, opening up a cost-effective and

efficient transportation route. Amsterdam’s proximity to the canal positioned it as a pivotal point for the transfer of goods and passengers between the western interior and the eastern markets.

As a result, Amsterdam experienced rapid economic growth, transforming from a small village to a bustling industrial center. Flour mills, factories, and warehouses sprung up along the canal, capitalizing on the ease of transporting raw materials and finished products. The city became a crucial link in the chain of commerce, fostering a diverse and dynamic community.

The Erie Canal’s impact on Amsterdam was not merely economic but also cultural, as it facilitated cultural exchange and the influx of diverse populations. The city’s heritage is deeply intertwined with the canal’s legacy, serving as a testament to the transformative power of infrastructure in shaping communities and fostering progress. Amsterdam, with its roots firmly planted in the Erie Canal era, stands as a living tribute to the ingenuity and vision that shaped the development of the United States in the 19th century.

News & Events

  • Amsterdam Sets Concert Schedule For Riverlink

                                                                                                                                                     We’re excited to announce the 2017 Riverlink Summer Concert Series schedule! Enjoy Amsterdam’s waterfront this summer….on the water with Down by the River Kayaks, at one of the great Southside restaurants, on the MVGO or at River’s Edge at Riverlink.  Join us for great music at a great venue!  FREE music at Riverlink Park […]Read More
  • Bi-Centennial Events Along The Canal This Weekend

    This weekend’s events along the Canal as the bi-centennial continues On Friday June 9 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Riverlink Park there will be food, music, a water ski show, free kayaking and fireworks!   On Saturday June 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Yankee Hill Lock in historic Fort […]Read More

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