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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A glow surrounds Gateway Executive Director Michael Barrett as he discusses Troy's industrial history with a Hudson Rive...
09/27/2021

A glow surrounds Gateway Executive Director Michael Barrett as he discusses Troy's industrial history with a Hudson River Ramble group before leading them to Burden Pond to learn about water power on the Wynantskill.

A glow surrounds Gateway Executive Director Michael Barrett as he discusses Troy's industrial history with a Hudson River Ramble group before leading them to Burden Pond to learn about water power on the Wynantskill.

An industrial building complex in Albany's "Warehouse District" was recently nominated for the State and National Regist...
09/18/2021

An industrial building complex in Albany's "Warehouse District" was recently nominated for the State and National Registers of Historic Places by the NYS Historic Preservation Office. The Consolidated Car Heating Co. complex spans the block between N. Pearl St. and Broadway. It consists of a brick structure facing N. Pearl St., and a later reinforced concrete structure on Broadway. The company made heaters for railway cars. Later the buildings were used to manufacture artillery shells, dentures, plastics and automotive repair lifts. The complex is currently undergoing conversion into a mixed-use development.

John Salka, Communications Director for the City of Troy, shot this video of Gateway Executive Director Michael Barrett ...
09/14/2021
Preserving Troy's Industrial Heritage with Historic Marker at Burden Pond

John Salka, Communications Director for the City of Troy, shot this video of Gateway Executive Director Michael Barrett explaining the significance of the Wynantstkill to Troy's early industrial development after the dedication of the new historic marker at Burden Pond last week.

https://youtu.be/0qeKh18WG9c

Mayor Madden joined the Burden Iron Works Museum and the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway to unveil a new historic marker celebrating the history of the Burd...

The Gateway was honored Friday with a visit from Vincent Scorsone. Vince, now 90 years old, worked at the Republic Steel...
09/11/2021

The Gateway was honored Friday with a visit from Vincent Scorsone. Vince, now 90 years old, worked at the Republic Steel blast furnace in Troy 1950 - 1965, with two years away for service in the Korean War. Vince talked about blast furnace operations, and regaled us with stories of a career largely spent as the operator of a steam crane that loaded cast iron ingots on rail cars for shipping. He suffered severe facial burns in a workplace accident
and was out for three weeks. All this for $130 per week. The first image shows Vince standing in front of our ladle car, and the second image (from the Albany Times Union) is of the Republic Steel blast furnace in 1964.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden dedicated a new historic marker at Burden Pond this morning. The marker highlights the industr...
09/09/2021

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden dedicated a new historic marker at Burden Pond this morning. The marker highlights the industrial activity once located along the Wynantskill, including of course the Burden upper works power by the world’s most powerful waterwheel. The marker was a joint project between the Gateway and the Rensselaer Land Trust, with funding provided by a Troy City Council Neighborhood Improvement Program grant. Shown in the first image are, L-R, Fred Alm, Gateway president; Michael Barrett, Gateway executive director; Joe Durkin, Rensselaer Land Trust; and Patrick Madden, mayor.

Have fun this weekend (Sept. 10-12) at the annual Tugboat Roundup in Waterford, NY. The Tugboat Roundup is a gathering o...
09/06/2021
Waterford Tugboat Roundup

Have fun this weekend (Sept. 10-12) at the annual Tugboat Roundup in Waterford, NY. The Tugboat Roundup is a gathering of tugboats, workboats and barges to celebrate the maritime heritage of the Northeast Inland Waterways. The festival features a tug parade, tug tours, boat rides, tug talks, competitions, fireworks, children's activities, vendors, food, and more.

https://www.tugboatroundup.com/

Waterford, NY

We found this "throwback" photo of former Gateway Executive Director Tom Carroll leading a tour to the old Rensselaer & ...
09/01/2021

We found this "throwback" photo of former Gateway Executive Director Tom Carroll leading a tour to the old Rensselaer & Saratoga RR car shops in Green Island. The shops were built 1871-72, and shortly after the Delaware & Hudson took over the operation of the R&S. The building was originally part of a complex that also included a machine shop, a powerhouse with two steam engines, a turntable and a paint shop. The five-bay car shops worked on locomotives until 1912, when the work shifted to maintaining wooden freight cars. This continued until the 1930s. The building was later used as offices by a scrap metal company operating nearby. It burned in the early 2000s.

We found this "throwback" photo of former Gateway Executive Director Tom Carroll leading a tour to the old Rensselaer & Saratoga RR car shops in Green Island. The shops were built 1871-72, and shortly after the Delaware & Hudson took over the operation of the R&S. The building was originally part of a complex that also included a machine shop, a powerhouse with two steam engines, a turntable and a paint shop. The five-bay car shops worked on locomotives until 1912, when the work shifted to maintaining wooden freight cars. This continued until the 1930s. The building was later used as offices by a scrap metal company operating nearby. It burned in the early 2000s.

An early 20th century hydropower plant in New York is still operating on the Hoosic River in Schaghticoke and Johnsonvil...
08/25/2021

An early 20th century hydropower plant in New York is still operating on the Hoosic River in Schaghticoke and Johnsonville. The project built by the Schenectady Power Company was completed in late 1908. It consists of a dam, powerhouse and reservoir upstream on the Hoosic in Johnsonville (first image), and a larger complex in Schaghticoke involving several dams, a reservoir and a powerhouse. The Schaghticoke dam originally had four General Electric turbines producing a total of 12 MW of 40 cycle, 4.4KV AC electric power, while the turbines at the Johnsonville dam produced a lesser amount. Almost all the power was sent 21 miles to GE factories in Schenectady, with a small amount reserved for local use. The plant is currently owned by Brookfield Renewable U.S.

Get the latest Gateway news! Our Summer 2021 Newsletter has just been posted to our website. Read about the selection of...
08/18/2021
Hudson Mohawk industrial gateway

Get the latest Gateway news! Our Summer 2021 Newsletter has just been posted to our website. Read about the selection of our next executive director, our October Gala honoring Tom and Nan Carroll, and more. Go to our website, click the "About Us" tab, and scroll down to "Newsletter." In addition, we have just posted an article on Troy's manhole casting industry to the website. Click the "Research" tab, and scroll down to "Troy's Foundry Industry."

Our website: www.hudsonmohawkgateway.org

Putting the Past to Good Use in the Silicon Valley of the Nineteenth Century

This large gate valve made by Rensselaer Valve Co. of Troy is on display outside the Lemieux Island Water Purification P...
08/15/2021

This large gate valve made by Rensselaer Valve Co. of Troy is on display outside the Lemieux Island Water Purification Plant in Ottawa, Ontario. Rensselaer Valve Co. made large water control valves as well as fire hydrants. The patent date for the valve is 1888, but the valve itself was probably cast in the early 20th century. The company merged with Ludlow Valve Co. of Troy in 1954. However, by 1960 the combined company was forced into foreclosure by its major lender.

It's still not too late to enter the Erie Canalway National Historic Corridor's annual photo contest. Winning entries wi...
08/06/2021
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor :: Photo Contest and Calendar

It's still not too late to enter the Erie Canalway National Historic Corridor's annual photo contest. Winning entries will be used in the Canalway's 2022 calendar. The deadline is August 27. Details are in the link below:

https://eriecanalway.org/get-involved/photo-contest

Enter the Erie Canalway Photo Contest and take a chance at winning a spot in our annual calendar. See previous winners and get details on the contest and calendar.

The Albany Iron Works/Continuous Rail Joint/Portec building in the early 1930s.
07/27/2021
New Collection Items | Hart Cluett Museum

The Albany Iron Works/Continuous Rail Joint/Portec building in the early 1930s.

The Hart Cluett Museum recently acquired a wonderfully dynamic photographic collection, documenting the construction of the Menands Bridge.

The Albany Institute of History and Art currently has an exhibit on New York Central's "Twentieth Century Limited" passe...
07/26/2021
Romancing the Rails - Albany Institute of History and Art

The Albany Institute of History and Art currently has an exhibit on New York Central's "Twentieth Century Limited" passenger train. This train, which ran between New York City and Chicago, operated from 1902 to 1967. In the 1930s, the streamlined locomotives and modern interiors made this train the epitome of luxury train travel in the US. It cut the travel time between the two city to an astounding 15 hours. All the trains passed through Troy.

https://www.albanyinstitute.org/romancing-the-rails-train-travel-in-the-1920s-and-1930s.html

The 1920s and 30s were a kind of golden age for rail travel in the U.S., a period when railroads were portrayed as modern amenities that carried passengers to romantic getaways in luxury and comfort. Yet the story of railroads and rail travel during the period is much more complex, involving talente...

Menands Bridge, before and after.
07/16/2021

Menands Bridge, before and after.

This Meneely bell in Ballston Spa, NY, has had an interesting history. Thanks to New York Almanack and Saratoga County H...
07/16/2021
Saratoga's Courthouse Bell Was Saved By Preservationists - New York Almanack

This Meneely bell in Ballston Spa, NY, has had an interesting history. Thanks to New York Almanack and Saratoga County History Center for bringing this to our attention.

https://www.newyorkalmanack.com/2021/07/saratogas-courthouse-bell-was-saved-by-preservationists/?awt_a=eey.&awt_l=B9O1R&awt_m=h3aBa_sQr_8Sqy.

Hundreds drive down McMaster Street in Ballston Spa daily, but few may notice the beautiful old bell in front of the Saratoga County Complex.

The 1897 Mechanicville, NY, hydroelectric station is featured in today’s Albany Times Union. "We think this  the oldest ...
07/08/2021
Mechanicville hydro plant gets new life

The 1897 Mechanicville, NY, hydroelectric station is featured in today’s Albany Times Union. "We think this the oldest renewable energy facility in the world that’s still running. … We’re in our third century now,” said Jim Besha Sr., CEO of the plant’s current owner, Albany Engineering Corp. The story recounts the difficulties Albany Engineering had with Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. and its successor National Grid over acquiring the plant, and its efforts to restore the facility. The Gateway visited the plant shortly after its restoration. It currently supplies energy to National Grid, and also to Albany Engineering’s own bitcoin mining operation. The plant is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and National Grid is nominating it for engineering landmark status with the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Mechanicville-hydro-plant-gets-new-life-16299115.php

A hydroelectric plant outside Mechanicville that was nearly dismantled by National Grid...

The massive Victory Mills complex on Fish Creek near Schuylerville, NY, is slated for redevelopment into as many as 200 ...
07/05/2021

The massive Victory Mills complex on Fish Creek near Schuylerville, NY, is slated for redevelopment into as many as 200 affordable apartments. There are two mills on the site. The first was built in 1846 by Saratoga Victory Manufacturing Co., which manufactured textiles. That building is now in ruins. This firm was purchased in 1910 by the American Manufacturing Co., and the product line was switched to rope, bagging and cordage. In 1918 it built a new 5-story, 230,000 square foot, reinforced concrete mill. After only 10 years, though, American Manufacturing Co. moved its production to Alabama. Subsequently the mill was used by a succession of owners, mostly for printing and for the manufacture of packaging material. The mill has been vacant since 2000. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010. Regan Development of Westchester County, NY, is the developer. As of January 2020, the project was still active, although still in the financing, planning, and permitting stage.

SAVE THE DATE! The Gateway will be holding our postponed 2020 Gala honoring Tom and Nan Carroll in-person on October 20 ...
06/28/2021

SAVE THE DATE! The Gateway will be holding our postponed 2020 Gala honoring Tom and Nan Carroll in-person on October 20 at Franklin Terrace in Troy. Honorary Committee letters should be in the mail shortly.

Today's Albany Times Union has an interesting story about the discovery of another wooden water main in downtown Albany....
06/24/2021
Albany Water Department uncovers a bit of history under streets near City Hall

Today's Albany Times Union has an interesting story about the discovery of another wooden water main in downtown Albany. The "main" is a 12-foot tree trunk with the center bored out. The city's Water Department believes it dates from the 1790s. Albany's water distribution system goes back to 1678, making it the second-oldest America, after Boston's.

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Albany-Water-pulls-wooden-main-from-street-near-16268984.php?cmpid=115195&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headlines&utm_campaign=tu_dailyheadlines&sid=593182643f92a45314a78fae

ALBANY – Nestled below some city streets lies an unusual bit of history. Hollow tree...

A couple of weeks ago we posted on A. Torrance and the Eagle Foundry. We noted that we couldn't find any information on ...
06/18/2021

A couple of weeks ago we posted on A. Torrance and the Eagle Foundry. We noted that we couldn't find any information on this firm, although one of our friends brought to our attention a c. 1885 newspaper advertisement for an Eagle Foundry with J. Torrance as proprietor. In addition, we pointed out that William Torrance, possibly a relative, became associated with the Torrance, Merriam & Co. foundry in Green Island with offices in Troy. We were able to locate this 1882 invoice from that company for a sale to New York City.

A couple of weeks ago we posted on A. Torrance and the Eagle Foundry. We noted that we couldn't find any information on this firm, although one of our friends brought to our attention a c. 1885 newspaper advertisement for an Eagle Foundry with J. Torrance as proprietor. In addition, we pointed out that William Torrance, possibly a relative, became associated with the Torrance, Merriam & Co. foundry in Green Island with offices in Troy. We were able to locate this 1882 invoice from that company for a sale to New York City.

The Gallupville Gas Up continues next weekend, June 19 and 20. This event, sponsored by the Hudson Mohawk Chapter of the...
06/14/2021
HOME | Schoharie County | Gasup

The Gallupville Gas Up continues next weekend, June 19 and 20. This event, sponsored by the Hudson Mohawk Chapter of the Pioneer Gas Engine Association, features working displays of early gasoline engines, steam engines, and antique vehicles. Gallupville is in Schoharie County. For more information, see the Gas Up's web page:

www.thegasup.org

Hudson Mohawk Chapter of the pioneer Gas Engine Association. Gas Up. Antique engine and car show.

We hope everyone enjoyed last night's virtual lecture on Troy as the Silicon Valley of the 19th century. One of the topi...
06/10/2021
"A Million Horseshoes a Week" Henry Burden dominates the horseshoe market.

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.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-million-horseshoes-a-week-henry-burden-dominates-the-horseshoe-market-tickets-157992091599?utm_source=eventbrite&utm_medium=email&utm_content=follow_notification&utm_campaign=following_published_event&utm_term=%22A+Million+Horseshoes+a+Week%22+Henry+Burden+dominates+the+horseshoe+market.&aff=ebemoffollowpublishemail

The first machine-made horseshoes in the world were invented and produced by Henry Burden in Troy, NY.

Our friend at “Troy by Gaslight” found this cast iron storefront column on River St. in Troy. The casting is marked “A. ...
06/05/2021

Our friend at “Troy by Gaslight” found this cast iron storefront column on River St. in Troy. The casting is marked “A. Torrance/Eagle Foundry/Troy N.Y.” The Burden Iron Works Museum also has a cast iron vat marked “A. Torrance.” Initial city directory research did not turn up any information on either Eagle Foundry or A. Torrance. However, we found a reference to a William Torrance, who in 1857 partnered with J.W. Merriam to create a foundry in Green Island known as “Torrance and Co., Green Island Malleable and Grey Iron Works.” This business operated until about 1904. Most cast iron storefronts in Troy were produced by Michael Mahony’s Troy Architectural Iron Work and Foundry.

Our friend at “Troy by Gaslight” found this cast iron storefront column on River St. in Troy. The casting is marked “A. Torrance/Eagle Foundry/Troy N.Y.” The Burden Iron Works Museum also has a cast iron vat marked “A. Torrance.” Initial city directory research did not turn up any information on either Eagle Foundry or A. Torrance. However, we found a reference to a William Torrance, who in 1857 partnered with J.W. Merriam to create a foundry in Green Island known as “Torrance and Co., Green Island Malleable and Grey Iron Works.” This business operated until about 1904. Most cast iron storefronts in Troy were produced by Michael Mahony’s Troy Architectural Iron Work and Foundry.

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HEADS UP -- URGENT ALERT -- as seen in the Troy Record April 20th LEGAL NOTICE AT&T Mobility, LLC is proposing to construct a 100-foot tall monopole telecommunications tower facility located near Madison Street approximately 300 feet southwest of the intersection of 1 st St and Canal Ave, Troy, Rensselaer County, NY 12210 (42 43 10.91 N, 73 41 46.34 W). Any interested party wishing to submit comments regarding the potential effects the proposed facility may have on any historic property may do so by sending comments to: Project 6120009027 - MPH EBI Consulting, 21 B Street, Burlington, MA 01803, [email protected] or via telephone at (504) 458-4444.
Cohoes Rolling Mill Company 1935
Do you have any original photos or stories on the rail car sitting in the parking lot?
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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