Place:Ramapo, Rockland, New York, United States

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NameRamapo
TypeTown
Coordinates41.133°N 74.167°W
Located inRockland, New York, United States
Contained Places
Inhabited place
Pomona
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Ramapo is a town in Rockland County, New York, United States. It was formerly known as New Hempstead then later Hampstead. As of the 2010 census, Ramapo had a total population of 126,595.

The city name, recorded variously as Ramopuck, Ramapock, or Ramapough, is of Native American origin, meaning either "sweet water" or "sloping/slanting rocks".

The town is located south of Haverstraw and west of Clarkstown and Orangetown.

History

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During the American Revolutionary War, Commander-in-Chief George Washington is said to have climbed the Ramapo Torne (near Ramapo hamlet) with a telescope to watch the July 24, 1777 sailing of the British fleet off Sandy Hook in New Jersey.

The Town of Hempstead was formed from part of the Town of Haverstraw in 1791. In 1829 the name was changed to Ramapo.

The first railroad line across Rockland County was built in 1841 and ran from Piermont to Ramapo. By 1851, the line was extended to Lake Erie, and was considered an engineering marvel.

Ramapo Iron Works, located near present-day Route 17 at the base of Terse Mountain, was a producer of cut nails, wood screws, cotton cloth, and spring steel in the first half of the 19th century. Its founder, Jeremiah H. Pierson, was influential in building the Nyack Turnpike and the New York & Erie Railroad across the county. A cotton mill is still standing on the east side of the road.

In 1916, what would become State Route 59, which reached from Nyack to Spring Valley in 1915, was extended to Suffern and Ramapo Hamlet.

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