History

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Figure 3:  Detail of John Klein’s 1818 Map of the City of Troy from Actual Surveys.  Klein’s map indicates that a number of mills were already in operation at a very early date in our area of study.  Mills from this period usually produced either cotton or timber, which was then transported down the creek to the Hudson River.  Most early mill employees lived across the Poesten Kill and crossed the creek on bridges clearly outlined on the map (Courtesy of the New York State Library, Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections). 

 

Figure 4:  Detail of an 1842 sketch depicting the various railroad routes in and around Troy.  This small map was certainly the product of local pride and promotion, produced at the moment that Troy linked up with all the important rail systems of New York State and beyond (Courtesy of the New York State Library, Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections).

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