Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway

Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway The Gateway works to celebrate and preserve the industrial heritage of New York's Capital Region. The Gateway also operates the Burden Iron Works Museum.
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Factory buildings in Albany and Rensselaer are among 28 properties nominated to the State and National Registers of Hist...
06/15/2020

Factory buildings in Albany and Rensselaer are among 28 properties nominated to the State and National Registers of Historic Places last week by the New York State Preservation Board. The former National Biscuit Co. (Nabisco) factory complex on N. Pearl Street in Albany dates from the late 19th century. It is slated to be the new home of Capital Repertory Theater. The William Barnett & Son Shoddy Mill in Rensselaer occupies about six acres of land along the Hudson River. It closed in 1976. Three other industrial buildings were also included on the latest list: the General Ice Cream Corp. (“Sealtest”) factory in Syracuse, the Miller Corsets factory in Canandaigua and the Utica Steam and Mohawk Valley Cotton Mill in Utica. Photos from Albany Times Union.

Follow up Friday! The post on our ladle car attracted so much interest that we thought we'd show some images of two othe...
06/12/2020

Follow up Friday! The post on our ladle car attracted so much interest that we thought we'd show some images of two other ladles in our collection. Well, at least one is a ladle. The other has a flat bottom with mounting holes indicating it was attached to something. The ladle now serves as a giant planter. These two artifacts were found at the old Burden Iron/Republic Steel site during construction of the new county jail across the street from the Burden Iron Works Museum.

06/12/2020

In accordance with NYS guidelines implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic concerning social distancing and crowd size, the Gateway and our tour partners are compelled to announce that we have reluctantly decided to cancel our 2020 tour program through at least September. Depending on future developments, we may be able to offer an abbreviated tour program in the late Fall. In addition, the Burden Iron Works Museum remains closed to visitors until further notice.

Here’s a bit of industrial recycling in our own back yard. This guard rail in the alley behind the Russell Sage College ...
06/06/2020

Here’s a bit of industrial recycling in our own back yard. This guard rail in the alley behind the Russell Sage College buildings on First Street between Congress and Ferry is made from repurposed railroad rails. A close examination shows the designation “Steelton” on one of the rails. The Steelton steel mill near Harrisburg, Pa., was established in 1867. It was the first US mill built exclusively for the production of steel (other mills added steel production to existing iron mills), and early on it specialized in rolling steel rails. The mill is still in business today, and is still rolling rails. It was originally owned by Pennsylvania Steel Corp., which was taken over by Bethlehem Steel. It is currently owned by multinational steel company ArcelorMittal.

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is moving ahead with work to stabilize and reimagine the former Matton Ship...
06/01/2020

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is moving ahead with work to stabilize and reimagine the former Matton Shipyard on Peebles Island in Cohoes. Initial work concentrated on demolition of derelict buildings and environmental abatement of the remaining buildings. This work was expected to be completed about June 1. Temporary signs have been installed describing the work in progress, and meetings have been held on permanent signage. An RFP was issued for engineering and design services related to stabilizing and painting the remaining buildings, securing the Hudson shoreline, abating soil on a portion of the property, and additional cultural resources work on the south side of the shipyard. Proposals are due June 16.

Our ladle car is prominently displayed in the center of our parking lot on the south side of the old Burden Iron Co. off...
05/25/2020

Our ladle car is prominently displayed in the center of our parking lot on the south side of the old Burden Iron Co. office building, which now serves as our offices and as the Burden Iron Works Museum. It was used by Republic Steel to haul slag from the blast furnaces to the slag disposal site, and may have been used by Burden Iron Co. before that. The ladle car does not appear to have a manufacturer’s label on it. It weighs 85 tons. The ladle is lined with refractory brick. The ladle car was abandoned by Republic Steel when they left Troy in 1972. Apparently the National Railroad Historical Society then acquired the car from Republic, and the Gateway bought the car from them in 1989 for $1. Mullins Rigging moved the car to the museum site free of charge, and Niagara Mohawk (now National Grid) paid for the short section of track (standard gauge) the car sits on. The ladle car was formally dedicated in May 1989 at a “Ladle Car Homecoming and South Troy Ironworkers Reunion” event.

You call that a blast furnace?! Well, Dutch artist Josep van Lieshout, who created this work on display at Art Omi in Gh...
05/19/2020

You call that a blast furnace?! Well, Dutch artist Josep van Lieshout, who created this work on display at Art Omi in Ghent, NY, does. Actually it is quite evocative of an actual blast furnace. Compare it to the model blast furnace at the Slovak Technological Museum, and to the blast furnaces at the Burden Iron Works. Shown are the 19th century blast furnaces at the lower or steam works. Burden replaced these with new blast furnaces in the 1920s.

The Gateway is saddened to announce the recent death of  our 2019 Gala Honoree Frederick D. Cawley. Fred was a major for...
05/17/2020
Frederick Cawley Obituary - Troy, NY | Albany Times Union

The Gateway is saddened to announce the recent death of our 2019 Gala Honoree Frederick D. Cawley. Fred was a major force in the historic preservation community for decades. He was a faithful supporter of the Gateway and our mission, and leaves behind many friends.

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timesunion-albany/obituary.aspx?n=frederick-downs-cawley&pid=196202297

Cawley, Frederick Downs TROY Frederick Downs Cawley, 72, a longtime resident of Troy and among the leaders in historic preservation in the city and state, died on Friday, May 8, 2020, at his residence

The Erie Canal may be closed to boat traffic, but it is still open for visits. Here are a few images from a recent visit...
05/10/2020

The Erie Canal may be closed to boat traffic, but it is still open for visits. Here are a few images from a recent visit to Lock 2 in Waterford. This beautiful cabinet for lock controls has a plate stating that MacArthur Bros. Co. and Lord Electric Co. from NYC were general contractors for the NYS Barge Canal, and James McKinney & Sons of Albany were local sub-contractors. MacArthur Bros. and Lord were also contractors for the Panama Canal and NYC’s Ashokan Reservoir; McKinney was a prominent local iron firm located on Broadway. This cleat has markings that indicate it was cast at Marine Iron & Shipbuilding in Duluth, Minn. That firm built many tenders for the Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers while it was in business from the 1880s to the 1950s. It is not known whether the cleat was cast for individual sale, or whether it was salvaged from one of their ships. Finally, a back yard near the lock displays a Lock 2-themed mule.

More news from the Troy Record on how local manufacturing and tech firms are helping respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.ht...
05/04/2020
Cohoes-based company accelerates production of ventilators and N95 respirators

More news from the Troy Record on how local manufacturing and tech firms are helping respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.troyrecord.com/news/local-news/cohoes-based-company-accelerates-production-of-ventilators-and-n95-respirators/article_4bc035bf-eb55-52c7-bec1-517684b528bf.html

ALBANY, N.Y. — FuzeHub, the statewide center for the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership, recently awarded $100,000 to Cohoes-based Precision Valve & Automation through its COVID-19 Manufacturing Grants program.

Troy’s last steel mill, Troy Iron & Steel Co., was located on Breaker Island in the Hudson River, roughly where the Mena...
05/02/2020

Troy’s last steel mill, Troy Iron & Steel Co., was located on Breaker Island in the Hudson River, roughly where the Menands Bridge is today. The steel mill closed in 1898, unable to compete with larger mills closer to major markets, and was demolished in 1917. Breaker Island doesn’t exist anymore either: It disappeared due to site preparation work for the Menands Bridge and then for I-787. A historic marker for Troy Iron & Steel Co. is on the Mohawk Hudson Bikeway near where it goes under the Menands Bridge.

04/25/2020

The Erie and Champlain Canals typically open for navigation sometime in May. The NYS Canal Corp. just issued a press release stating that the canals will not open for through navigation before May 15, but that options for partial opening are being explored. The release said:
"Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, the Canal Corporation has suspended all non-essential construction and maintenance activities, therefore the New York State Canal System will not open for through navigation of the locks on May 15 as previously announced. However, to support the Canal's continued use as a prime recreational waterway, the Canal Corporation is currently evaluating operational options to ensure New Yorkers will have access to the Canal system, if even potentially on a regional basis, this season. We recognize that this is an extraordinarily difficult time and are sensitive to potential hardships Canal stakeholders, as well as many other New Yorkers, may experience. The situation with COVID-19 is ever-evolving and we are trying to adapt our plans accordingly. Future updates will be posted through our Notice to Mariners program.”

04/17/2020
Charcoal Making at Hopewell Furnace

Before the completion of the Delaware and Hudson Canal in 1828 allowed Pennsylvania coal to be delivered to the Hudson Mohawk area economically, the region's blast furnaces used charcoal for fuel. The region's plentiful forests supplied a charcoal industry located on the Rensselaer Plateau. Cherry Plain State Park has a display on charcoal making.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtIr0FI4vbo&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0NMU9YAv34ZJE6b_tKcWf9qmrdojZpvL3rB7-4f-EdwxdSYu15QjISkdk

Demonstration of charcoal making

04/14/2020
Henry Burden

We found this short, entertaining and mostly accurate video about Henry Burden and his invention of machines to make railroad spikes and horseshoes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK7tAMHQMSo

Henry Burden (1791–1871) emigrated from Scotland to New York in 1819 and soon transformed the ramshackle Troy Iron and Nail Factory into a progressive operat...

It appears we were a little harsh in yesterday's post about the condition of the Empire Foundry. In fact the building re...
04/07/2020

It appears we were a little harsh in yesterday's post about the condition of the Empire Foundry. In fact the building recently underwent structural stabilization on its way to proposed redevelopment as apartments. At this point it is not clear whether the adaptive reuse includes only the building on Second St. or the part along the Poestenkill as well. This is an Edgar Holloway view of the site from the 1980s, courtesy of the Hart Cluett Museum.

Is this another example of a historic building in Troy undergoing “demolition by neglect”? The Empire Foundry building o...
04/06/2020

Is this another example of a historic building in Troy undergoing “demolition by neglect”? The Empire Foundry building on the Poestenkill at Second St. and Ida St. is suffering significant brick deterioration. The building was operated as a stove foundry by a number of companies from the 1840s to about 1905, the last being Empire Foundry. The building facing Second St. was used for offices and storage, while the stove mounting rooms were in the attached building along the Poestenkill. The front part of the building was later occupied by Lindy’s Hardware and finally by the Irish Mist Restaurant until the early 2000s. The entire complex is currently vacant.

With the recent focus on toilet paper availability and hoarding, it is interesting to recall that Seth Wheeler of Albany...
04/01/2020
What's the connection between Albany and all the toilet paper we've been hoarding?

With the recent focus on toilet paper availability and hoarding, it is interesting to recall that Seth Wheeler of Albany patented the two inventions that brought toilet paper into the modern era. In 1871 he patented toilet paper rolled around a cardboard tube, and in 1891 he invented perforated toilet paper. His toilet paper was one of the items featured in the Albany Institute of History and Arts 2015-16 exhibit "The Capital Region in 50 Objects." Also included from Troy were Henry Burden's horseshoe machine, Arrow shirt collars and a Troy-Bilt Rotoriller.

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Toilet-paper-the-hot-coronavirus-commodity-is-a-15163726.php

ALBANY – If Seth Wheeler could see how his 19th century invention of perforated toilet...

This short article about manufactured gas in Milwaukee shows many parallels with Troy -- but Milwaukee did not have a ma...
03/30/2020
A look at the Milwaukee Gas Light Company's old West Side works

This short article about manufactured gas in Milwaukee shows many parallels with Troy -- but Milwaukee did not have a magnificent gasholder building like Troy!

https://onmilwaukee.com/history/articles/wmhs-west-side-gas-works.html?fbclid=IwAR0Ty41bvRq7F-ouMCMmtnkgoe_qrG4QtecvQzXGu_Mjlh9Z5QJVGQYuCKg

Before natural gas - before electricity - there was manufactured gas, also known as coal gas. Here's a look at a Milwaukee facility that gasified coal; it's now home to City Lights Brewing and other businesses.

Two historic Hudson Valley industrial sites are included among the 12 sites statewide recently nominated by the New York...
03/27/2020

Two historic Hudson Valley industrial sites are included among the 12 sites statewide recently nominated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The South Bay Mill in Hudson (Columbia County) was originally built in about 1860 as a soap and candle factory. It later housed a number of other industrial concerns, including textile and mattress companies. Starting in the 1950s the original building and a latter addition were used for the manufacture of electric vaporizers. This lasted until 2000. After sitting vacant for a number of years, the mill was recently converted to The Wick, a high-end boutique hotel. The Hopewell Junction Depot in Dutchess County was constructed in 1873 by the Dutchess and Columbia Railroad at a site where three railroad lines (D&CRR, Newburgh, Dutchess and Connecticut RR and Dutchess County RR) came together. After suffering from long-term abandonment and arson, in 1996 a local group, the Hopewell Junction Restoration Corp., was formed to preserve and restore the depot. Out in Buffalo, the Barcalo Manufacturing Company Factory was also included on the nomination list. This company produced the iconic BarcaLounger. The plant closed in 1965.

The Hudson-Mohawk area was once home to three important valve manufacturers: Eddy Valve in Waterford, and Ludlow Valve a...
03/22/2020

The Hudson-Mohawk area was once home to three important valve manufacturers: Eddy Valve in Waterford, and Ludlow Valve and Ross Valve in Troy. The largest market for valves was municipal water systems. Only Ross Valve survives in the 21st century. Shown are images of some of the largest valves produced by Eddy (48" double stem valve) and Ludlow (72" gate valve), and a view of Troy's water distribution network in the late 19th century.

In accordance with New York State guidelines, the Burden Iron Works Museum will remain closed until further notice. For ...
03/21/2020
Virtual Field Trips! — Hudson Reality Capture

In accordance with New York State guidelines, the Burden Iron Works Museum will remain closed until further notice. For those who need their "museum fix," we recommend the "virtual tours" created by Hudson Reality Capture.

https://www.hudsonrealitycapture.com/spaces/2020/3/17/virtual-field-trips

As we practice social distancing at home with our families, it can still be fun to take a trip to a museum or cultural institution! Without visitors, these institutions need your support. If you enjoy the tours, please consider donating. Need a 3D Tour of your cultural institution? Contact us!

03/16/2020

The Gateway has decided to close the Burden Iron Works Museum at least until the end of this week. We are taking this measure to protect the health of our staff, volunteers and visitors. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

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Can you get a National Parks Passport Cancellation here? Thanks!
This photo is c. 1917 or so, part of the Valuation series of the Troy Union RR. This was a crossing tender shanty where a guy raised or lowered the gates on the street - which is Monroe. We are looking southwest. In the background was a major (perhaps THE) stove maker, Fuller & Warren, aka Clinton Stove Works, located on 6 acres at the foot of Madison and Monroe Streets. In 1859, they purchased the patents of one Phil Stewart, and marketed their products under that name. They went of business in 1934. On the model railroad at RPI we are studying how to model what we are calling "industry alley" from Monroe to Congress. - JN
Thought I'd share the small album of images I took this morning during the Holiday Season Kick-Off! Ringing of the Bells - it was a pleasure meeting you, and enjoy the snaps! Happy Thanksgiving to you all. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10218586836967909&type=1&l=374a326c19
Patrick Hogan shared a photo. Just now · I took the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway "Origins of the Modern Horse Shoe tour on Saturday November 3rd. It was Great. I learned how Troy, NY and Henry Burden were the source of ALL the Horse Shoes used by the Union Army. Also took a walking tour along the South side of the Wynantskill Creek East of Burden Avenue and South of Mill Street. Saw the site of the once Famous Burden Water Wheel and other remnants of a Bygone era when Troy, NY was the 4th richest City in America. GREAT TOUR. If you love Troy, and want to learn about it's Great Industrial Heritage I urge you to visit the Burden Iron Works Museum and take a tour, or better yet become a member. This is GREAT LOCAL HISTORY. Makes one proud to be a Trojan. No automatic alt text available.
Troy new York is my hometown
I recently visited this museum, and it was GREAT. I had known and heard how Troy, NY was the 4th richest city in the nation in the 19th century, but never knew the whole story behind it or what made it the 4th richest city in the country. But after visiting with Executive Director Michael Barrett ( WHO WAS GREAT ) now I know the INCREDIBLE story. Having grown up on the EAST SIDE of Troy I never knew I walked were Giants tread. Sadly it's all gone now but the History lives on at the Burden Iron Works Museum and the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway. If you LOVE Troy, NY you need to visit this museum. I liked it so much I became a member and I encourage YOU to do the same.
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Special thanks Mr Barrett for an extremely interesting walking tour of South Troy.