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Entry from May 08, 2017
Poughkeepsie: Queen City of the Hudson (nickname)

The city of Poughkeepsie, in Dutchess County, New York, has been called the “Queen City of the Hudson (River).” Several cities were called the “Queen City of the Hudson” in the 1870s, but the term became most associated with Poughkeepsie. “They will find Poughkeepsie not only the queen city of the Hudson, but one of the gems of the old empire state” was printed in an April 1873 newspaper.

Another Poughkeepsie nickname is “Po-town.”


Wikipedia: Poughkeepsie, New York
Poughkeepsie /pəˈkɪpsiː/ (pə-kip-see), officially the City of Poughkeepsie, is a city in the state of New York, United States, which serves as the county seat of Dutchess County. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 32,736. Poughkeepsie is located in the Hudson Valley midway between New York City and Albany, and is part of the New York metropolitan area. The name derives from a word in the Wappinger language, roughly U-puku-ipi-sing, meaning “the reed-covered lodge by the little-water place,” referring to a spring or stream feeding into the Hudson River south of the present downtown area.

Poughkeepsie is known as “The Queen City of the Hudson”.

Old Fulton NY Post Cards
17 April 1873, Dansville (NY) Advertiser, “Poughkeepsie Welcomes the Editors,” pg. 2, col. 3:
We offer in advance our welcome to the editor of the state, and guarantee they will find Poughkeepsie not only the queen city of the Hudson, but one of the gems of the old empire state.

Chronicling America
24 October 1874, Middletown (DE) Transcript, “A Trip up the Hudson,” pg. 1, col. 5:
Now we see the “queen city of the Hudson—Poughkeepsie” said to have 40 different ways of spelling its name.

December 1875, Arthur’s Illustrated Home Magazine (Philadelphia, PA), “Up the Hudson” by Mrs. E. B. Duffey, pg. 700, col. 1:
We finally draw near Poughkeepsie, a thriving city upon the right bank of the river, and especially interesting to us as being the place where Vassar College is located. It is a place of twenty thousand inhabitants, and is called the Queen City of the Hudson.

Google Books
The Trip of the Sardine Club, Or, Tacking Up the Hudson
By Bricktop
New York, NY: M. J. Ivers & Co.
1882
Pg. 69:
... and when we came up from supper we found ourselves approaching Poughkeepsie, the Queen City of the Hudson, the generous, throbbing heart of rich old Dutchess County.

Google Books
The Hudson River by Daylight
By Thursty McQuill
New York, NY: Bryant Literary Union
1884
Pg. 40:
POUGHKEEPSIE, (seventy-four miles from New York), Queen City of the Hudson, derived from the Indian word Apokeepsing, signifies safe harbor.

OCLC WorldCat record
Poughkeepsie, queen city of the Hudson River
Author: Henry T Hoag; L M Hermance; Poughkeepsie Chamber of Commerce.
Publisher: [Poughkeepsie, N.Y.?] : [Chamber of Commerce?], [©1909]
Edition/Format: Print book Archival Material : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Poughkeepsie primer : queen city of the Hudson.
Author: Chamber of Commerce of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Publisher: Poughkeepsie, N.Y. : Chamber of Commerce, [1921?]
Edition/Format: Print book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Poughkeepsie : queen city of the Hudson
Author: Tom Barich; Main Street Productions (West Haven, Conn.)
Publisher: [West Haven, CT] : Main Street Productions, ©1992.
Edition/Format: VHS video : VHS tape Visual material : English
Database: WorldCat
Summary:
Traces the history of Poughkeepsie, New York, focusing on the development of industry, educational institutions, and retail establishments in the 19th century.

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