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The population of Blauvelt is approximately 4,838 (1990), 5689 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 1,480 (1990), 1647 (2010).

The amount of land area in Blauvelt is 11.767 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.172 sq kilometers.
The distance from Blauvelt to Washington DC is 224 miles. The distance to the New York state capital is 110 miles. (as the crow flies)
Blauvelt is positioned 41.06 degrees north of the equator and 73.95 degrees west of the prime meridian.

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Blauvelt history:

Settled in the 1600's by Dutch (Blauvelt is Dutch for blue field). By the mid 1800's, it was a majority German immigrant town. Circa 1864, George Lediger purchased the Jacob Blauvelt farm. He, and then, the Klee brothers operated a general store.

Today, it is Esposito's Market, on western highway. John Raab also purchased a home about the same time(1864). Today it is the library.
In 1942, most land west of western highway was annexed under the war powers act. It became Camp Shanks. From 1946-56 Shanks became Shanks Village, veterans housing. It was the largest veterans student housing in the USA. It was closed in 1956, but some of its roads are still there.
Ave A is now Lester/Edgewood Dr
Ave B, now Dutch Hill Rd.
In 1955 the Tappan Zee bridge was opened. This forever changed Blauvelt from rural to suburban. In 1957, St Catharine's school opened. In 1964, St Catharines Church (est 1868) burned down. It was rebuilt adjacent to the school. I lived across the street from St. Catharines, moving into the then new house(1954) at 165 s. Western Hwy (bought by my father, Tom Davis sr) who resided there till moving to Calif in 1966. Many new developments began to appear as veterans from Shanks finished their education and elected to remain in the area. i will always considerate it my home, hope my old house is doing well. Submitted by: Tom Davis, Jr.
Member of the last 7th grade class of Blauvelt Grammar School (Tappanzee Jr/Sr. HS opened in 1960) Some of this information came from the book, "St. Catharine's Church Celebrates 125 Years", published by 'Custombook' of 77 Main St. Tappan, N.Y. 10983.
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