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“Electric City” is a similar Schenectady nickname.
Wikipedia: Schenectady, New York
Schenectady /skᵻˈnɛktədi/ (skə-nek-tə-dee) is a city in Schenectady County, New York, United States, of which it is the county seat. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 66,135. The name “Schenectady” is derived from a Mohawk word skahnéhtati meaning “beyond the pines”. The city was founded on the south side of the Mohawk River by Dutch colonists in the 17th century, many from the Albany area. They were prohibited from the fur trade by the Albany monopoly, which kept its control after the English takeover in 1664. Residents of the new village developed farms on strip plots along the river.
Connected to the west via the Mohawk River and Erie Canal, the city developed rapidly in the 19th century as part of the Mohawk Valley trade, manufacturing and transportation corridor. By 1824 more people worked in manufacturing than agriculture or trade, and the city had a cotton mill, processing cotton from the Deep South. Numerous mills in New York had such ties with the South. Through the 19th century, nationally influential companies and industries developed in Schenectady, including General Electric and American Locomotive Company (ALCO), which were powers into the mid-20th century.
The city was a manufacturing center known as “The City that Lights and Hauls the World” – a reference to two prominent businesses in the city, the Edison Electric Company (now known as General Electric), and the American Locomotive Company (ALCO). GE retains its administrative core in Schenectady, but it relocated thousands of manufacturing jobs to the Sun Belt and abroad.
28 November 1909, Washington (DC) Post, pt. 2, pg. 4, col. 6:
SLOGANS OF THE CITIES.
Supposed to Be a Valuable Asset in Growth of Municipalities.
From the Syracuse (N.Y.) Post-Standard.
Schenectady boasts that it “Lights and hauls the world,” which is more inviting than its invitation to “Skedaddle for Schenectady.”
1 January 1925, New York (NY) Times, “Cleaning Up Schenectady,” pg. 26, col. 2:
Schenectady, seat of Union College, the city that with its electric and locomotive works “lights and hauls the world,” is unpleasantly notorious just now as the scene of a struggle between the Municipal Government and a criminal element.
10 November 1965, Boston (MA) Globe, “LBJ Demands to Know Why 36 Million Hit by Darkness” by Seymour Linscott, pg. 2, col. 7:
Among those still in darkness was the electric manufacturing city of Schenectady, N.Y., which boasts of being “the city that lights the world.”
18 October 1987, New York (NY) Times, “The Clouds Burn Off in Schenectady: Despite Cutbacks by G.E., A New Vitality Is Taking Hold The Dark Clouds Are Burning Off in Schenectady” by Shawn G. Kennedy, sec. 8, pg. 1, col. 2:
WHEN General Electric made known its plans a few years ago to cut back its manufacturing operations in its birthplace, Schenectady, N.Y., the economic future looked pretty dim for the town that once billed itself as “the city that lights up the world.”
OCLC WorldCat record
The city that lights and hauls the world
Author: Barbara Anne Stewart
Dissertation: MFA Wichita State University, Dept. of English
Edition/Format: Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : Fiction : Manuscript Archival Material : English
OCLC WorldCat record
Iron horse in Schenectady : locomotives for the world, the story of the American Locomotive Company
Author: Steve Dunn; WHMT Educational Telecommunications.
Publisher: Schenectady, N.Y. : WHMT Educational Telecommunications, 2001.
Edition/Format: VHS video : VHS tape Visual material : English
“Abraham Lincoln, the Battle of Gettysburg, the Golden Spike Ceremony, the 20th Century Limited, and the campaigns of World War II all play a part in “The Iron Horse in Schenectady: Locomotives” for the World, a one-hour documentary detailing the history of the American Locomotive Company. Spanning the years 1831 to 1969, “The Iron Horse in Schenectady” tells the story of the men, women, and locomotives that once made Schenectady “The City that Lights and Hauls the World.”
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