Moordener Kill

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Moordener Kill
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
TownsSand Lake, Schodack
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationSand Lake, New York
 ⁃ coordinates42°36′21″N 73°35′10″W / 42.60583°N 73.58611°W / 42.60583; -73.58611
MouthHudson River
 ⁃ location
Castleton-on-Hudson, New York
 ⁃ coordinates
42°32′36″N 73°45′14″W / 42.54333°N 73.75389°W / 42.54333; -73.75389Coordinates: 42°32′36″N 73°45′14″W / 42.54333°N 73.75389°W / 42.54333; -73.75389
 ⁃ elevation
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The Moordener Kill[1] is a 15.5-mile-long (24.9 km)[2] tributary to the Hudson River that flows through southwestern Rensselaer County, New York, in the United States.

Moordener Kill translates to "Murderer Creek", with moordenaar being the modern Dutch word for "murderer" and kill for "creek".[3] The name comes from the fact that the creek was the site of an ambush of Dutch settlers by Native Americans in 1643 in which 7 men and 2 women were killed.[4]

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  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Moordener Kill
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed October 3, 2011
  3. ^ University of the State of New York Bulletin. University of the State of New York. 1914. p. 53.
  4. ^ "Moordener Kill". Retrieved 2010-10-22.