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Celebrating historic Cohoes, NY since 1994

Spindle City Historic Society Meetings – Join us the last Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.
At the Cohoes Visitors Center, 58 Remsen Street, the ground floor of the Cohoes Music Hall.
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Upcoming Events

Discovering the Cohoes Mastodon

The colorful history of the famous Cohoes Mastodon will be told by the Spindle City Historic Society at the Cohoes Public Library on Monday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. This free program will include a slide show led by President Paul Dunleavy and the unveiling of a new exhibit on the Cohoes Mastodon.

In late September of 1866, when excavation for Mill No. 3 of the Harmony Mills was begun, the bones of a Mastodon were found embedded in peat in two potholes at a depth of sixty feet. For a year the bone hunt was on, and amateur paleontologists found more remains, some sixty feet distant and all well above the level of the modern Mohawk River. This event became the talk of the town and was quite vividly described in one issue of the Cataract Newspaper. Notorious cynics and some newspapers published several discrediting accounts.

The 11,000-year-old bones of the Cohoes Mastodon were kept at the Harmony Mills for a time where many tourists and scientists visited them. The relics were then placed on exhibition in Troy, and then at the county fair, and finally at Harmony Hall in Cohoes. There were many offers to buy the remains but Harmony Company decided to present them to the state .The bones were mounted for the first time when they stood in the Hall of Vertebrate Paleontology in 1915 on the fifth floor of the New York State Museum that is now the State Education building. More than fifty years later Noah T. Clarke of Albany completed a replica of the Mastodon that originally stood alongside the skeleton but now stands at the Cohoes Public Library. The NYS Museum had moved by 1976 and the famous bones were put in storage. The mastodon now stands as a main exhibit in the New York State Museum. 









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Cohoes Revisited

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Cohoes : Postcard History Series

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Copies of all three of our booka are available.


If you are interested in purchasing copies, please e-mail us at We can also mail books (for an additional charge) if you are not able to pick them up. When you purchase your books directly from SCHS, over 40% of the cover price helps support our exhibits, programming, newsletter and other activities.


George Stacey Davis Commemorative T-Shirts


In recognition of the 15th anniversary of the induction of Cohoesier George Stacey Davis into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the dedication of the George Stacey Davis sign in Silliman Park this June, the Spindle City Historic Society is offering this limited-edition George Stacey Davis commemorative t-shirt. The short-sleeve shirts are gray, with navy blue print. Shirts are $12 (in sizes S-XL), $14 for 2XL, $15 for 3XL, and $16 for 4XL. Youth sizes (S-XL) are also available. To order, contact us at or at 518-237-5618.  Shirts can also be purchased on the day of the George Stacey Davis sign dedication on June 8.


Last Updated: October 31, 2014