Natural Resources

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Unidentified manufacturing artifacts jut out of the hillside or lay strewn through the area – a curious blend of natural and man-made formations.

North side of Congress Street

Since the land along the gorge continues to slope upward above its steep walls, the terrain along Congress Street is typically higher on the north side of the street.  In some cases, such as the area around the 15th Street intersection, the north side is significantly higher, with retaining walls, rocky outcroppings, and long staircases providing access to the buildings above.  Most of these areas along the street are too exposed or vertical for purposeful plantings, but wherever possible vegetation has found a home along the hillside.

Cookie Factory site

One of the newest businesses in the neighborhood is located on a deep lot in one of the few extant industrial sites along the corridor.  The eastern boundary of this irregular lot drops dramatically, including a cliff that almost reaches the southeast corner of the structure.  The southwestern grade is terraced by foundations of ruined factories, all of which are overgrown with trees and weeds.

According to the Troy Land Use map, there is a vacant parcel south of the Cookie Factory parking lot which is identified as “wild, forested, conservation lands, public parks.”  Access to this area appears to be limited to hiking through other lots.  It is sloped and heavily wooded, and may contain industrial remnants as well.

Old trails wind through the Poesten Kill Gorge past remnants of industrial buildings and machinery.  (Photo by Rich Montena, 2007)
Much of Congress Street is significantly higher on the north side of the street, while the south side either slopes gently or drops dramatically toward the Poesten Kill Gorge.  (Photo by Rich Montena, 2007)





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