West Point is a federal military base (and a census-designated place) located in the Town of Highlands in Orange County, New York, USA. The population was 7,138 at the 2000 census. The United States Military Academy is located at West Point and is often itself called "West Point".
West Point was a fortified site during the Revolutionary War. General Benedict Arnold attempted to turn over the site to the British Army in 1780 for a bribe. In 1937 the West Point Bullion Depository was constructed, in 1988 it became the West Point Mint, as a branch of the United States Mint.
West Point is located at 41°22′15″N, 74°2′34″W (41.370933, -74.042851)GR1. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 64.9 km² (25.1 mi²). 63.0 km² (24.3 mi²) of it is land and 1.9 km² (0.7 mi²) of it (2.95%) is water. West Point and the contiguous village of Highland Falls, New York, are on the west bank of the Hudson River.
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