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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The USS Monitor had many Troy connections: two of the four Monitor partners were Troy iron mill owners, the ship's hull ...
12/31/2019

The USS Monitor had many Troy connections: two of the four Monitor partners were Troy iron mill owners, the ship's hull was built from iron rolled in Troy (and assembled in Brooklyn), and one crewman was from Troy (he survived the sinking).

On this day, 157 years ago, USS Monitor met her tragic end as she sank off the coast of North Carolina. Her red lantern, blaring light in the storm, was the last thing any person saw of the ship before her demise. 42 years ago, the red lantern was the first piece of the wreck recovered, the first piece brought from the depths back to the light. Today, we have the honor of preserving this incredible ship and displaying humbling pieces like her red lantern đź’”

Congratulations to Arts Letters & Numbers of Averill Park, NY. The non-profit arts, education and publishing organizatio...
12/23/2019

Congratulations to Arts Letters & Numbers of Averill Park, NY. The non-profit arts, education and publishing organization was selected in the latest round of NYS Regional Economic Development Council funding. It will receive $145,000 to renovate a historic building at the former Faith Mill complex into a center for the arts that will have a public events space for gallery shows. Faith Mill was a textile mill that operated on the Wynantskill from 1829 to 1966. It was probably best known for its production of men’s long underwear, including major contracts for the military in both world wars.

Another frigid day calls for post recalling the warmth of the tropics – and this one has bells! More specifically a West...
12/19/2019

Another frigid day calls for post recalling the warmth of the tropics – and this one has bells! More specifically a West Troy Meneely bell is shown on display with other bells on the ground outside the Governor’s Palace in Havana, Cuba. The bell is dated 1866, but our records don’t show any Meneely bells sent directly to Cuba until several decades later. We speculate that the bell was brought to Cuba from the US, possibly by missionaries. Photos by Fred Alm.

Another former industrial building is being repurposed in our region -- but, surprise, it's not in Troy. Developers plan...
12/12/2019
Saratoga mill getting fresh start as apartments, restaurant

Another former industrial building is being repurposed in our region -- but, surprise, it's not in Troy. Developers plan to spend $59 million converting the old Victory Mill paper mill in Saratoga County into 186 apartments and a brewpub. The building has 220,000 square feet over five floors. The mill closed in 2000.

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Saratoga-mill-getting-fresh-start-as-apartments-14896783.php

The Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency approved tax breaks Tuesday for a developer who wants to turn a crumbling mill into 186 apartments and a brew pub space in Victory, a tiny village in the town of Saratoga. Westchester County-based Regan Development will spend $59.5 million on the pro...

On this frigid day in the Hudson-Mohawk region, let’s warm up by thinking about the Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic Stat...
12/08/2019

On this frigid day in the Hudson-Mohawk region, let’s warm up by thinking about the Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park, a Florida State Park located in Homosassa on the Gulf Coast. The park features the ruins of a sugar plantation that once included more than 5,000 acres and a complete steam-powered sugar mill. At its peak the plantation was worked by about 1,000 enslaved African Americans. Today visitors can see a 40-foot chimney, other building remnants, and some rusting equipment and evaporation pans. The mill operated from 1851 until it was destroyed by Union soldiers in 1864. The mill owner, David Levy Yulee, served in the Confederate Congress and the mill supplied sugar products to Southern troops during the Civil War. The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. Some photos courtesy of Florida State Parks.

Rod Stewart: rock icon … and model railroader? Sir Rod recently revealed that he has been building an enormous model tra...
12/01/2019

Rod Stewart: rock icon … and model railroader? Sir Rod recently revealed that he has been building an enormous model train layout for the last couple of decades. His layout features an imaginary large gritty American city. The era is probably the early 1950s, as both steam and diesel locomotives are included.

Tonight at 7 pm the Arts Center of the Capital Region on Monument Square in Troy will present a performance of the Music...
11/29/2019

Tonight at 7 pm the Arts Center of the Capital Region on Monument Square in Troy will present a performance of the Musical "Don't Iron While the Strike is Hot." The show presents the situation of Troy female collar laundry workers in the 1860s, leading to Kate Mullany's organization of the first all-female labor union.

Yesterday was the now traditional "Ringing of the Bells" to kick off the Downtown Troy holiday shopping season. Who supp...
11/28/2019
Ringing of Bells rings in downtown Troy holiday shopping season

Yesterday was the now traditional "Ringing of the Bells" to kick off the Downtown Troy holiday shopping season. Who supplied the bell? The Gateway, of course. And our Executive Director Michael Barrett is the unidentified bell ringer in the Troy Record photo. Gateway Senior Scholar Tom Carroll also participated in the event.

https://www.troyrecord.com/news/local-news/ringing-of-bells-rings-in-downtown-troy-holiday-shopping-season/article_0a90cb1e-1147-11ea-9d49-f3a0152cbc49.html

TROY, N.Y. – The annual Ringing of Bells kicked off the holiday shopping season in downtown Troy Wednesday.

Apollo 11 may have been “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” but it was the next mission, Apollo 12, wh...
11/19/2019

Apollo 11 may have been “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” but it was the next mission, Apollo 12, which landed on the moon on November 19, 1969, that put Troy air on the moon in the form of bubble levels from local firm Geier & Bluhm. These levels were part of the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package. ALSEP contained devices designed by several national laboratories and universities that measured solar wind, atmospheric composition and pressure, magnetic field and seismic activity. ALSEP was constructed by Bendix Aerospace. Astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean used the levels in their setup of ALSEP. Geier & Bluhm is still in business in Troy as a division of HJM Precision, Inc.

Would you believe that these two buildings are by the same architect? Robert Robertson designed the Pruyn Building at 70...
11/15/2019

Would you believe that these two buildings are by the same architect? Robert Robertson designed the Pruyn Building at 70 N. Pearl St. in Albany, constructed 1879-80, and a few years later he designed the Burden Iron Works office building in Troy, constructed 1881-82. Robertson was a leading disciple of the Queen Anne style in America, and you can see elements of this style in both buildings, particularly in the use of different materials and the brick treatment around the windows. The Pruyn Building, originally retail space with apartments above, is currently being redeveloped, along with the rest of that block of N. Pearl St. The Burden Iron Works office building is the home of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway and our Burden Iron Works Museum.

Recently we posted about the importance of pulleys to the mechanization of factories and mills in the days before electr...
11/06/2019

Recently we posted about the importance of pulleys to the mechanization of factories and mills in the days before electricity. Of course, a way to connect the drive pulley and the pulley on the machine was needed. Usually this took the form of a leather drive belt. According to the 1899 City Directory, Troy had at least two makers of belting. One of the companies, Troy Belting and Supply Co., is still in business today as Troy Industrial Solutions in Watervliet.

Students in their final year at Hudson Valley Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program work togethe...
11/03/2019

Students in their final year at Hudson Valley Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program work together on a “Capstone” project to demonstrate their new skills. Typically Capstone projects have been scale models of historic machines. Several of these projects are on display in the windows of Blanchard Industrial Supplies on River Street in Troy, which is a sponsor of the program. The images show a Stewart beam steam engine (2012), a Stewart half-beam steam engine with Stewart lathe (2013), a twin Victoria steam engine (2014), James Coombes steam engine with double-sized Stewart lathe (2015), US Sherman and German Tiger tanks from the movie “Fury” (2016) and this year’s project, a pneumatic radial engine. In 2017 the Capstone project was an elaborate model of the USS Monitor, but it does not photograph well.

Saturday's program on "The Origins of the Modern Horseshoe" still has room. Learn about Henry Burden's patents for machi...
10/29/2019

Saturday's program on "The Origins of the Modern Horseshoe" still has room. Learn about Henry Burden's patents for machines to make horseshoes, and see a working model of the final design. Following the program at the Burden Iron Works Museum there will be an optional walk to the Burden waterwheel site. Program starts at 1 pm and costs $15 pp.. For additional information or to register, email [email protected] or call 518-274-5267.

Before every factory machine had its own electric motor, machines were run by a series of shafts, pulleys and belts driv...
10/28/2019

Before every factory machine had its own electric motor, machines were run by a series of shafts, pulleys and belts driven by a central power source such as a water wheel or steam engine. A company in Fort Edward, NY, was one of many that made pulleys. (Sandy Hill was later incorporated into Fort Edward; photos taken at Old Fort House Museum in Fort Edward.)

As we continue to celebrate the bicentennial of the construction of the Erie Canal (1817-1825), it is interesting to not...
10/23/2019

As we continue to celebrate the bicentennial of the construction of the Erie Canal (1817-1825), it is interesting to note that the canal inspired the first railroad in New York. The Hudson and Mohawk RR started service in 1831, linking Albany and Schenectady – a distance of 16 miles. The railroad allowed passengers to bypass 27 locks and cut the travel time between the two Erie Canal cities from one day to one hour. The first locomotive on the line was the DeWitt Clinton, manufactured at the West Point Foundry in Cold Spring, NY, and named after the “Father of the Erie Canal.” In its early runs the locomotive pulled three stage coaches converted to run on rails. The Hudson and Mohawk RR later became part of the New York Central System. The NYC RR built an operating reproduction of the locomotive and carriages for the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. They were later acquired by Henry Ford and are on display at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Mich.

While the NEB&W HO gauge model train layout, with its depiction of the Burden/Republic blast furnace in Troy, remain in ...
10/21/2019

While the NEB&W HO gauge model train layout, with its depiction of the Burden/Republic blast furnace in Troy, remain in storage awaiting relocation to its new home, here are two other blast furnace models. The first is an HO gauge model of the Bethlehem/Lackawanna blast furnace at the Steel Plant Museum in Buffalo, and the second is a large-scale model at the Slovak Technical Museum.

We know that cast iron stoves from Troy can be found around the US and around the world, but we have to admit that other...
10/17/2019

We know that cast iron stoves from Troy can be found around the US and around the world, but we have to admit that other places made stoves as well. These images show cast iron stoves from Slovakia (formerly Czechoslovakia, before that Austria-Hungary) on display at the Slovak Technical Museum in Kosice.

It's cruise boat season again in Troy! Gateway Senior Scholar Tom Carroll is shown leading a cruise boat tour of downtow...
10/15/2019

It's cruise boat season again in Troy! Gateway Senior Scholar Tom Carroll is shown leading a cruise boat tour of downtown Troy. The group is at the corner of Third St. and State St., across from St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Thanks to all who made the Gateway's 2019 Gala a success, and congratulations again to our honoree, Fred Cawley. As a tr...
10/10/2019

Thanks to all who made the Gateway's 2019 Gala a success, and congratulations again to our honoree, Fred Cawley. As a tribute, Fred received an original Edgar Holloway print of the Rice Building.

Wow! A lot of places, including London, were still using wooden pipes at that time.
10/09/2019
Ordinary repair leads to historic find under Troy street

Wow! A lot of places, including London, were still using wooden pipes at that time.

TROY - A broken water valve opened a flood of enthusiasm over the possibility the oldest cast-iron waterline in use in the nation is pumping Troy's most liquid asset around the city. An 8-inch cast-iron pipe with the year 1803 stamped on it was unearthed during recent repair work at Sage and Eighth....

Here are just a few of the great silent auction items that you can bid on at our Sept. 26 Gala:Gift basket from Death Wi...
09/20/2019

Here are just a few of the great silent auction items that you can bid on at our Sept. 26 Gala:
Gift basket from Death Wish Coffee
Garden sculpture by Mike Beiter
Pearl and malachite jewelry by Elissa Halloran
John Connors painting of The Castle on Second Street
Early collage by Michael Oatman

The success of London’s 1851 Crystal Palace exhibition inspired New Yorkers to organize their own world’s fair. The “Exp...
09/16/2019

The success of London’s 1851 Crystal Palace exhibition inspired New Yorkers to organize their own world’s fair. The “Exposition of the Industry of All Nations” opened in New York City’s Bryant Park on July 14, 1853, complete with its own Crystal Palace. Like the original, this Crystal Palace was constructed largely out of iron and glass. The demand for iron was so large that mills in New York City could not supply it all, so iron contracts were awarded to mills in the Hudson Valley and New Jersey. Surprisingly, Troy iron mills did not receive any contracts. However, one mill from Albany, Miller and Williamson, supplied iron for the Crystal Palace. This firm is not listed in the Albany City Directory for 1852-53, although there is an Edward Miller listed as an iron molder. The exposition was not as successful as its backers hoped, and ended up losing money. The Crystal Palace continued to be used as an exhibit hall until it burned in October 1858. (Crystal Palace images from New York Public Library Digital Collection)

Invitations for the Gateway's 2019 Gala honoring Fred Cawley for a lifetime of preservation achievement are out! The eve...
09/12/2019

Invitations for the Gateway's 2019 Gala honoring Fred Cawley for a lifetime of preservation achievement are out! The event is Thursday, Sept. 26, 5:30 - 7:30 pm at The Country Club of Troy. Admission starts at $75 pp; Honorary Committee opportunities are still available. To make reservations, or for any questions, call 518-274-5267 or email [email protected]

September is full of Gateway-related activities. We hope to see you at one or more of them!Sept. 13 Gateway Executive Di...
09/11/2019

September is full of Gateway-related activities. We hope to see you at one or more of them!

Sept. 13 Gateway Executive Director speaks on the Ant-Rent Wars at Hudson-Chatham Winery’s tasting room, 203 River St., Troy.
Sept. 21 Troy Tiffany Windows tour is SOLD OUT.
Sept. 26 Annual Gala honoring Fred Cawley. Invitations are in the mail.
Sept. 28 A day busy with Collar City Ramble events. The Burden Iron Works Museum will be open 10 am – 4 pm. Talk on the “Changing Landscape of South Troy” at 12:15 pm, followed at 1 pm by a walk around Burden Pond on the new Burden Pond Environmental Park trails.

For further details on any of these events, call 518-274-5267 or email [email protected]

If you haven’t been to the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in Fort Hunter, NY, or haven’t been there recently, a ...
09/02/2019

If you haven’t been to the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in Fort Hunter, NY, or haven’t been there recently, a visit or re-visit is in order. In addition to the opportunity to walk along parts of the original Erie Canal and the later Enlarged Erie Canal, the site has a new (two-year-old) visitor center with state-of-the art displays. Schoharie Crossing was the site of one of the longer aqueducts on the enlarged canal. This engineering achievement carried the canal over Schoharie Creek. The aqueduct was abandoned when the Barge Canal was completed. It was later partially destroyed to try to keep ice jams from forming. The ruins are a short walk from the visitor center.

This is a tale of two water intake cribs. The first photo is an old crib in the Hudson River that once provided water fo...
08/30/2019

This is a tale of two water intake cribs. The first photo is an old crib in the Hudson River that once provided water for Troy, NY. It has not been used at least since Troy created the Tomhannock Reservoir in rural Rensselaer County as its principal water supply. The second photo shows the intake crib in the Emerald Channel of Lake Erie. This intake has supplied all the water for Buffalo, NY, for more than 100 years. Water enters the intake through grates, falls 60 feet and then travels one mile through a 12-foot-diameter tunnel to the Col. Francis G. Ward Pumping Station. Opened in 1915, the pumping station was once equipped with massive pumps powered by five triple-expansion steam engines. The steam engines were made in Lockport, NY, and the pumps were made in Buffalo. Today the plant uses electric pumps. Like Troy, Buffalo also built a water system sized for future population growth that did not materialize. The Buffalo pumping station has a maximum capacity of 160 million gallons/day, but current demand is only 60 million gallons/day. (Interior image of water plant from Buffalo News.)

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