Saratoga Springs is located in the Saratoga County. The town’s name is in reference to the presence of mineral springs in the area.
Although the first permanent settlers did not arrive until 1776, Sir William Johnson (a british war hero) was brought here in 1767 to utilize the springs to treat wounds. That spring today is known as High Rock Spring.
Saratoga Springs was established as a town in 1819. A portion of the town of Saratoga was sectioned off to create Saratoga Springs. A community within Saratoga Springs was incorporated as a village in 1826. It later became an official city in 1915.
During the 19th centurery, Saratoga Springs was known as a spa that many hotels were building around. At one time the Grand Union Hotel (once considered to be the largest in the world) was located here until it was torn down in the 1950’s for a supermarket.
Skidmore College is located here as well as the Saratoga Raceway, SPAC, Yaddo, and more than 20 golf courses. The city is known for a very active and vibrant nightlife (Caroline St).
Don McLean wrote “American Pie” at a bar on Caroline Street and the famous Caffe Lena was one of the first venues that Bob Dylan played. Caffè Lena is the oldest continually running coffee house in the United States.
Walt Disney World Resort has a theme resort called Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, inspired by this city.
It is the home of the National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame as well as the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
Springs located in Saratoga Springs:
Big Red Spring, Charlie Spring, Columbian Springs, Congress Spring, Deer Park Spring, Empire Spring, Geyser Island Spouter, Geyser Spring, Governor Spring, Hathorn #1, Hathorn #3, Hayes Well Spring, High Rock Spring, Old Iron Spring, Old Red Spring, Orenda Spring and Tufa Deposits, Patterson Springs Peerless Spring, Polaris Spring, and State Seal