Ogdensburg Overview

Official Ogdensburg, NY City Website: http://www.ogdensburg.org

Square miles: 8.18

Population: 11,128

Shore Line: Over 6 Miles along the St. Lawrence Seaway

The site of the City of Ogdensburg was originally hunting grounds of the Iroquois League, which comprised of the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca nations.  The first white habitation of the region was by Abbé François Piquet, a French missionary from Quebec.  Canoeing from up the St. Lawrence River in 1749, Piquet chose the strategic site at the mouth of the Oswegatchie River for his new French settlement and mission, Fort de la Présentation, where he built a church, school, trading post and Native American village.  A cornerstone carved in rock to mark the site of the Fort’s first mass, held on June 1, 1749, can still be viewed at the entrance to Ogdensburg City Hall.

Fort de la Présentation fell under English rule in 1760 in the battle on Fort Lévis, a French fort on Chimney Island downstream in the St. Lawrence River.  It was the last major battle between the French and English in the French and Indian War, and Fort de la Présentation was renamed Fort Oswegatchie as a busy depot for British soldiers.  In 1796, the newly formed United States of America took control of the area, which was named Ogdensburg for the Revolutionary War patriot Colonel Samuel Ogden.
By 1817, the area grew rapidly and became the first incorporated village in St. Lawrence County, eventually becoming a city in 1868. By the mid-1800s, Ogdensburg became the western terminus
of the Northern Railroad, which traveled to Lake Champlain. Until the 1950s, Ogdensburg’s physical character remained essentially unchanged with shopping, businesses, and an international ferry located downtown. The St. Lawrence Seaway opened in 1959, connecting the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean, and produced unprecedented industrial growth.  The Ogdensburg-Prescott Bridge was built in 1960 and still stands as a major connection between the United States and Canada.

Schools & Nurseries:

  • Ogdensburg City School District
    • Grant C. Madill Elementary
    • Lincoln Elementary
    • Sherman Elementary J
    • John F. Kennedy Elementary School
    • Ogdensburg Free Academy 7-8
    • Ogdensburg Free Academy 9-12,
  • Bishop Conroy School of Religion

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