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Continuing my small series on our trip to the US northeast during Autumn (California not having much to offer in the Fall foliage category).......

This photo is taken on N. Broadway St. in Saratoga Springs, where the swankest mansions in the town are located. Interestingly, this street simply peters out, dwindling to a dirt path in the woods just a couple blocks from downtown.
Situated in upstate New York, the name of the town reflects the presence of mineral springs in the area. While the word "Saratoga" is known to be a corruption of an Algonquian Indian place name, authorities disagree on what the exact word was, and hence its meaning. The first European settler arrived around 1776.
The Battle of Saratoga, considered to be the turning point of the American Revolution, did not in fact take place in Saratoga Springs. Rather, the battlefield is 15 miles (24 km) to the southeast in the Town of Stillwater. Site of the first significant American military victory during the Revolution, the Battle of Saratoga is recognized (although my source does not say who did the recognizing) as one of the fifteen most decisive battles in world history. Here in 1777, American forces defeated and forced a major British army under Gen. John Burgoyne to surrender, an event which led France to recognize the independence of the United States and enter the war as a decisive military ally of the struggling Americans.
In the 19th Century, the community became famous as a spa. The elite of the Victorian age spent many summers relaxing in and sipping from Saratoga's mineral waters. Renowned as a health resort and dubbed the 'Queen of Spas', Saratoga continues even today as host to several natural mineral springs and two historic spas. I tasted the water from several of the springs, and it is fascinating that each one tastes different! One wouldn’t expect so much variety in such a small area.
The city is also famous for the Saratoga Race Course, the oldest continuously-operating thoroughbred track in the United States. The greatest horses, jockeys and trainers have come to Saratoga. The legendary Man o' War suffered his only career defeat in 1919 at Saratoga.

Technical: This is a digital copy from APS film, made by the developer at the time the film was developed and of quite poor quality and resolution. I had to do quite a bit of sharpening on it, even to get it to the less-than-great point it is at now. Contrast was also increased some

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