White Plains in the 20th Century

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White Plains in the 20th Century explores the community's growth as the county seat of Westchester through historic images that span a century. White Plains, located about 25 miles north of New York City, is the county seat of Westchester County and the birthplace of New York State. Its central location in Westchester made White Plains the hub of 18th-century stagecoach roads that ran from New York City to upstate New York and Connecticut. After the Revolutionary War and a famous battle, White Plains continued to grow into a large village connected to the city by train; its population exploded in the first decade of the 20th century thanks to European immigrants. In the 1920s, the population grew again, with professionals and commuters filling the new house and apartment developments created during a real estate boom. The city’s last growth spurt was during the post–World War II baby boom, when urban renewal transformed the city into an imposing urban landscape. Through it all, White Plains has been a city with a diverse population in an affluent suburban county with strong governmental, business, educational, cultural, and commercial institutions.
ISBN: 9781467103831
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New York
Series: Images of America
Images: 208
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Ben Himmelfarb, local history librarian at the White Plains Public Library, and Elaine Massena, archivist for the City of White Plains, brought together wonderful, eclectic examples from their collections to illustrate life in White Plains during the 20th century and the evolution of the city they love. Proceeds from the sale of this volume will benefit the collections in the White Plains City Archives and the White Plains Public Library.