We hope everyone enjoyed last night's virtual lecture on Troy as the Silicon Valley of the 19th century. One of the topics Executive Director Michael Barrett touched on was Henry Burden and his horseshoe machines. Next week's lecture, "A Million Horseshoes a Week," will discuss in depth the evolution of Burden's horseshoe machines, culminating in a single machine that turned out one horseshoe every second. With the onset of the Civil War, demand for horseshoes grew exponentially, making the Burden family fabulously wealthy. The lecture will be Wednesday, June 16, at 6:30 pm. Tickets through the Eventbrite link below are $5 for Gateway members and $10 for the public. Future lectures in our series will be spaced two weeks apart.
The first machine-made horseshoes in the world were invented and produced by Henry Burden in Troy, NY.