Ken Gottry - Cambridge NY History

Following the Revolutionary War, population in the United States began to shift. The fledgling country tried to build roads through public financing, but construction was often haphazard and maintenance was spotty. 

The Great Northern Turnpike passed through Cambridge on its way from Lansingburgh to Granville. Today it's Turnpike Road and North/South Union Streets. As stage coach traffic passed through Cambridge Corners, hotels, liveries, and shops emerged spurring the economic development of the area.

In the 1790's there was a shift toward privitization, with many corporations created for the sole purpose of building a Turnpike. While most turnpikes headed westward, the Northern Turnpike was created between Lansingburgh, NY and Granville, NY, completing the only link from New York City to Canada. The turnpike, and its associated financial benefits, played a role in the early development of Cambridge Corners and North White Creek, two small communities that united in 1866 to form the Village of Cambridge.

Read my 2006 article about the Northern Turnpike that was published in the NYS Archives magazine Northern Turnpike