Historical Markers in
Bronx County, New York

A Conservation Success Story A Conservation Success Story A Delicate Web of Life A Delicate Web of Life Adoption of the Constitution Alfred Manuel "Billy" Martin Algernon Sydney Sullivan Allie Pierce Reynolds American Bison American Bison Society Astor Court: An Enduring Monument to Conservation Bartow – Pell Mansion Bison Benefit the Prairies Bob Sheppard Bronx Post Office Charles Dillon "Casey" Stengel Charles Herbert "Red" Ruffing Commodore Leroy J. Alexanderson Cortlandt House David Glasgow Farragut Dholes are Endangered Donald Arthur Mattingly Edward Grant Barrow Edward "Whitey" Ford Elston Gene Howard Eugenio María de Hostos Former American Female Guardian Society’s Home for the Friendless Fort Independence Park Fort Number Four Fort Schuyler Fort Schuyler Freedomland USA Theme Park George Herman "Babe" Ruth George M. Steinbrenner III Glover’s Rock Healing Totem Henry Louis Gehrig Henry Louis "Lou" Gehrig Highbridge World War I Memorial Hope for a Rare Species Joseph Paul DiMaggio Joseph Vincent McCarthy Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra Look for the Skeleton Major General Porter Mel Allen Memorial Grove Mickey Mantle Miller James Huggins Number 3 Babe Ruth Nyala: An African Antelope One Cat Linking Two Countries Original King's Bridge Outstanding Partnership Pell’s Treaty Oak Père David's Deer Père David's Deer Conservation History Philip Francis Rizzuto Pope Benedict XVI Mass Pope John Paul II Mass Pope Paul VI Mass Prison Window Reggie Jackson Research in Nepal Riverdale Presbyterian Church Roger Eugene Maris Ron Guidry S.S. United States Saved From Extinction Sgt. John Basilone Site of the Redoubt Species Survival Plan / A Snow Leopard Family Tree St . Peter's Church Westchester St. Ann's Shrine State-of-the-art for the 21st Century The American Bison Society The U.S.S. Newport The U.S.S. St. Marys Thurman Munson To Make a Building Green To the memory of Jacob Ruppert Tommies: Tiny but Tough Trumpeter Swan Van Cortlandt House Van Cortlandt House Museum Van Cortlandt Mansion Vernon "Lefty" Gomez Vinmont Veteran Park What's In a Name? William Malcolm "Bill" Dickey Yankee Stadium September 11 Memorial "Pete" Sheehy
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The first woman to vote in a United States presidential election was a resident of Rochester, New York named Susan B. Anthony. She cast her ballot in the 1872 election, for which she was arrested and fined.
Bronx County, located in the state of New York, has a rich history that dates back to the early 17th century when it was inhabited by Native American tribes. European settlement began in the 17th century, as Dutch and English colonizers arrived in the area. In 1874, Bronx County was established as one of the five original counties in New York City. Originally a rural area, it experienced significant growth during the late 19th and early 20th centuries due to the expansion of transportation networks and the arrival of immigrant communities.

During the late 19th century, the Bronx began to develop as a residential suburban area, attracting wealthy residents seeking a retreat from the bustling city of Manhattan. The construction of the Harlem River Ship Canal in 1895 further spurred development. As a result, neighborhoods such as Riverdale and the South Bronx emerged with elegant homes and park-like settings.

However, the early 20th century brought significant changes to the Bronx. The arrival of new immigrants, particularly from Eastern and Southern Europe, transformed the demographic makeup of the county. Large-scale urbanization led to the construction of tenement buildings, rapid population growth, and the rise of industrialization.

In the second half of the 20th century, the Bronx faced considerable challenges, including widespread poverty, crime rates, and urban decay. The borough experienced significant unrest and social strife during the 1970s and 1980s, symbolized by the South Bronx's devastated neighborhoods. However, in recent years, the Bronx has shown signs of revitalization and resurgence, with ongoing redevelopment initiatives, improvements in infrastructure, and a growing economy. The borough has also maintained its cultural richness, with vibrant communities, diverse industries, and iconic landmarks like Yankee Stadium and the Bronx Zoo.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Bronx County, New York.

  • 1914 - Bronx County is established as a separate county in New York City.
  • 1898 - The Bronx becomes a borough of New York City after the consolidation of the city's five boroughs.
  • 1874 - The Bronx is annexed by New York City.
  • 1846 - The area is separated from Westchester County and becomes part of New York County.
  • 1683 - The land that would become the Bronx is included in Westchester County when it is created.
  • 1636 - Jonas Bronck becomes the first European settler in the area, which later becomes known as the Bronx.
  • 1524 - The first European contact with the area is made by explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano.