Contributed by Mary Collins Landin 7-4-05
Amsterdam was settled by residents of Hamburg, who left their first settlement due to the low, wet conditions along the Big Black River. Amsterdam was situated on the bluffs overlooking the Big Black, two miles away from Hamburg, in 1828. The village still had a post office in 1900, but it was dying rapidly and really ceased to exist as a viable village in the 1800s. Its citizens are buried in an abandoned cemetery at the site, half of whom died from a cholera epidemic in the 1830s that hit the village. I could not locate any gravestones in the woods that now cover the village site. The cholera and the fact that the railroad was not built through the village (but went through Edwards instead) were sufficient reasons for Amsterdam's demise (S20T6NR4W).
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