My Friends at Brook Farm
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The settlers built their houses on the Indian trail leading Westward to which they gave the name of Beaver street their grand boulevard which must have been two or three squares long. Beaver Street was the main highway of the Wal loon Nation and was the center of the Old Colonie as the Dutch neighborhood was subsequently called. Under English rule, the Old Colonie or Beaverwick was merged with Fort Orange and Rensselaer wick, these, collectively, being named Al bany in honor of the Duke of York, Al bany being one of his titles.