The upcoming New York State Department of Transportation evaluation of Route 9 holds exciting and overlooked opportunities. 

Before Route 9 was “Broadway” or “Albany Post Road,” “King’s Road,” “Queen’s Road,” or “Heere Straat,” it was the main artery of the local Weckquasgeek Native Americans. If the DOT permitted renaming our local stretch of the trail after the people who blazed it, it would be much more than a symbolic gesture. “Weckquasgeek Trail” would be an invitation to learn the history of the people on whose land we now live. 

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