History

 

Figure 24:  Detail of map indicating the area of extensive damage caused by the hurricane of 1938.  Because destruction was mostly limited to areas near the bottom of the gorge, important functioning businesses on the bluffs such as the Manning paper mill remained salvageable.  The few buildings still along the Poesten Kill itself were reduced to their foundations, and none of the structures was restored.  The above image is the 1876 Weise map of Troy with the damaged areas superimposed (from: Merritt Abrash, “Institute on Industrial Archaeology,” 238).

Figure 23:  A 1916 artist’s conception of Troy as a vertical metropolis in 2016.  Note the gondolas at the Hudson River basin, the space age Eiffel Tower, and the galley-laden dirigibles.  The population that could support such progress never materialized (Courtesy of the Rensselaer County Historical Society.  Scan courtesy of P. Thomas Carroll).

Figure 25:  Humphreys Joyce Roofing and Galvanized Iron Works, 342 Congress Street, November of 1890.  Note the new 1889 trolley tracks in the foreground (Courtesy of the Shepard Collection of Troy Advertising Photographs, Troy Public Library, Special Collections).

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