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The town of Ballston was first settled in 1763 and became an official part of Albany County around 1775. It was originally called Ball’s Town or Ballton and wasn’t officially fromed until 1785. The original owners of the town were the Mcdonald brothers. A man named Eliphalet Ball bought the area of land from them and called it Ball’s Town. It stayed that way but over time it got shortened to Ballston.  Baliston was named in honor of Rev. Eliphalet Ball

The Mourning kill rises and flows through Ballston and Malta then into the Kayaderosseras. The outlet of Ballston lake flows into Round lake. Gordon creek is a small tributary of the Kayaderosseras

Ballston Spa is the principal village in the town.

* Ballston Center —  south of Ballston Spa
* Ballston Creek — outlet of Ballston Lake, flowing past East Hills.
* Ballston Five Corners —  historic location south of Ballston Spa.
* Ballston Spa — The smaller, south part of the Village of Ballston Spa.
* Burnt Hills — A hamlet at the southwest end of Ballston Lake
* Ballston Lake —
* East Hills —  on the east town line on NY-67.
* Garrison Manor — west of Burnt Hills.

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