Kinderhook Creek
East Creek, Kinderhook Brook
Main branches of Kinderhook Creek and Claverack Creek
Native namePasanthkack (Mahican)
CountryUnited States
StateNew York, Massachusetts
CountyColumbia County, NY, Rensselaer County, NY, Berkshire County, MA
Towns, Stottville, New York, Hancock, Massachusetts
Physical characteristics
 • locationHancock, Taconic Mountains, Massachusetts
 • coordinates42°34′38″N 73°17′52″W / 42.57722°N 73.29778°W / 42.57722; -73.29778
MouthStockport Creek
 • location
Stockport, New York
 • coordinates
42°19′03″N 73°44′43″W / 42.31750°N 73.74528°W / 42.31750; -73.74528
 • elevation
10 ft (3.0 m)
Length49 mi (79 km)

Kinderhook Creek[1] is a 49.0-mile-long (78.9 km)[2] tributary to Stockport Creek, an inlet of the Hudson River in the United States. From its source in Hancock, Massachusetts, the creek runs southwest through the Taconic Mountains into Rensselaer County, New York, and then into Columbia County. It flows through the towns of Stephentown, New Lebanon, Nassau, Chatham, Kinderhook and Stuyvesant to its mouth at Stockport Creek in the town of Stockport.

Kinderhook Creek has a drainage area of over 329 square miles (850 km2).[3]


Kinderhook Creek was known as Pasanthkack by the Mahican Native Americans.[4] Prior to 1667 it was known as "Major Abram's (Staats) Kill" and "Third Falls." In 1823 it was called Stuyvesant Falls (now referring to a village on the creek) and after 1845 "Kinderhook Creek".[5]

The name "Kinderhook" has its root in the landing of Henry Hudson in the area around present-day Stuyvesant, where he was greeted by Native Americans with many children. With the Dutch Kinder meaning "child" and Hoeck meaning "bend" or "hook" [in the river], the name literally means "bend in the river where the children are". A figurative translation is "children's point".[6]

The area around Kinderhook Creek was called Machackoesk by the Native American Mahican Tribe.[7]


See also


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Kinderhook Creek
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-03-29 at the Wayback Machine, accessed October 3, 2011
  4. ^ The Mohicans and their land, 1609–1730, p.299; Shirley Wiltse Dunn, Purple Mountain Press, 1994
  5. ^ List of New York State Historic Markers in Columbia County, New York Marker number 130 "Major Abram's Kill"
  6. ^ University of the State of New York Bulletin. University of the State of New York. 1914. p. 52.
  7. ^ History of the Indian tribes of Hudson's River: their origin, manners and customs..., By Edward Manning Ruttenberg, page 370
  8. ^ a b Aboriginal place names of New York, by William Martin Beauchamp, page 48