There are hundreds, maybe thousands even, of monuments, statues and memorials located all over the Empire State.  And many of them are in the Upstate region.

Monuments come in various shapes and sizes, and commemorate people, places, and even animals.  You will see that variety illustrated in the eleven noted in the gallery below.

These include a tribute to U.S. military horses (the only such memorial of its kind in the country), a poignant tribute to those who perished in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011, a statue honoring perhaps the most famous American entertainer of all time, a tribute to a Native American icon in Schenectady, and a sad tableau depicting the harrowing escape route of southern enslaved people to freedom in Canada.  All of these, and several others, are described below.

These magnificent stone and bronze tributes are also a tip of the hat to some of our country's great sculptors and artists.  Imagine getting the commission to pay tribute to one of television's greatest legends.  This can be tricky, as you will see.  This performer's image was so indelible in the mind's eye of the public that when her statue was revealed it was met with immediate disdain and called "totally unrecognizable."  Yes, it can be tricky (a new statue was immediately ordered up).

If you have a favorite statue, monument, or memorial in your town or city that you would like to share with our readers, feel free to post it on our Facebook page for all to see!

This Collection of Upstate New York Statues and Memorials Tell an Amazing Story of People and Events

There are hundreds, maybe even thousands, of statues, memorials, and monuments dotting the Upstate New York landscape. Here are a eleven that tell amazing stories of Upstate, its people and events.

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From the tip of Long Island to the tip of Western New York, the Empire State has no shortage of excellent diners. Some have been around for a decade or so, and some have been around for five decades or so. Most are mom-and pop diners that have been in the family for a couple of generations. It is always fun to eat at a diner and we submit that these 26 are just too good to pass up! Twenty-five of them are in Upstate New York but we had to put in a great and historic diner from New York City. They do have some great diners in the Big Apple!