In 1749, the French claimed Ogdensburg as their own. But it wasn’t theirs for long. In 1760, the British ousted them and raised their own flag, but their claim to Ogdensburg was also short lived. In 1796, fueled by the spirit of the Revolution, the first settlers under the American flag arrived and ordered the British to evacuate.The city was named for Colonel Samuel Ogden, a patriot during the Revolutionary War.
What made Ogdensburg so worth fighting for?
Along with the unspoiled and spectacular beauty the French discovered, Ogdensburg’s strategic location along the St. Lawrence River made it the perfect site for a new mission and fort. And today, the location remains just as attractive. Over six miles of shoreline along the mighty St. Lawrence River with major Canadian and American commercial markets and thriving business enterprises nearby make Ogdensburg a vital market.
In fact, seven of the top ten U.S. markets and 75% of Canada’s population are located within close proximity to Ogdensburg. Easy access to the city by rail, water, road and air transportation make Ogdensburg a central point for both U.S. and Canadian markets. Community Broadcasters is happy to be one of the “thriving business enterprises” who call Ogdensburg home.
The many faces of Watertown create a broad audience for Community Broadcasters.
Among our listeners are 30,000 troops at the U.S. Army post, Fort Drum. A quarter of a million tourists who flood the area every summer for the beauty of Alexandria Bay’s “Thousand Islands” also tune in to us. And the residents of Jefferson County, the fastest growing county in New York state, welcome the variety of our programming.
Named after the many falls located on the Black River, Watertown developed in the early 19th century as a manufacturing center. In the early 20th century, after years of generating industrial wealth, the city was said to have more millionaires per capita than any other city in the nation.
For a small city, Watertown’s architectural legacy is impressive, too. It’s known as the smallest city in the U.S. to have a park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the celebrated landscape architect who created Central Park in New York City. The city can also claim some interesting “firsts”. For example, Watertown is the birthplace of the Five and Dime, the safety pin and the home of Little Trees air fresheners.
Watertown manufactured the first portable steam engine, has the longest continually operating county fair in the U.S. and holds the Red and Black football franchise which is the oldest surviving semi-professional team in the United States.
Community Broadcasters is happy to be here, giving voice to the news, events and music that define Watertown.