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Beacon

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Beacon is a city located in Dutchess County, New York, United States. The 2010 census placed the city total population at 15,541. Beacon is part of the Poughkeepsie - Newburgh - Middletown, New York Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the larger New York - Newark - Bridgeport, New York–New Jersey–Connecticut–Pennsylvania Combined Statistical Area. It was named to commemorate the historic beacon fires that blazed forth from the summit of the Fishkill Mountains to alert the Continental Army about British troop movements.The area known as Beacon was settled by Europeans as the villages of Matteawan and Fishkill Landing in A.D. 1709. They were among the first colonial communities in the county. Beacon is located in the southwest corner of Dutchess County in the Mid-Hudson Region, approximately 90mi south of Albany, New York, and approximately 60mi north of New York City.
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