Hudson Mohawk Gateway: An Illustrated History

Hudson Mohawk Gateway: An Illustrated History

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Overview

The Hudson-Mohawk Gateway's history begins where two majestic rivers meet. The Mohawk, which rises near New York's center and flows east, merges into the Hudson about ten miles north of Albany. These waterways first held a unique position as gateways for trade in the seventeenth century. They later powered the running mills that enabled the area to grow into a major manufacturing and industrial center. This region is considered one of the most significant launching points of the industrial revolution in America and is presently leading New York into a high-tech renaissance.

Hudson-Mohawk Gateway: An Illustrated History unfolds the dramatic story of the region around Schenectady and Albany, in particular six Gateway municipalities -- Troy, Cohoes, Waterford, Green Island, Colonie, and Watervliet. It provides an overview of the area's architectural, governmental, cultural, and educational heritage, as well as a look at the region today. Thomas Phelan and P. Thomas Carroll, along with Sloane Bullough, Lois M. Feister, Kathleen M. Helfrich, Kimberly A. Klem, Denise Scammell, Peter D. Shaver, Diana S. Waite, and Robert G. Waite, reveal the region's fascinating history. A major manufacturing center since the eighteenth century, Troy is the home of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, one of the world's leading technological universities. Cohoes claims distinction as a nineteenth-century birthplace of cotton manufacturing; the Cohoes Falls have long been considered one of the country's natural wonders. Both Waterford and Green Island served as strategic military campsites during the Revolution, and Watervliet was home to the nation's leading cannon and bell foundries.

More than 400 illustrations, paintings, drawings, and vintage photographs, including a sixteen-page color section, bring the history to life. Biographies of Hudson-Mohawk businesses and organizations are highlighted in a special chapter entitled "Chronicles of Leadership," and an illustrated timeline of significant events further enhances the text.

Hudson-Mohawk Gateway emerges not only as a beautiful collector's volume, but also as an insightful celebration of the area's rich heritage, active present, and very promising future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781892724175
Publisher: American Historical Press
Publication date: 08/28/2001
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface7
1.In the Beginning9
2.Water: The Key to Power and Growth19
3.Creating a Transportation Network29
4.A Birthplace of America's Industrial Revolution41
5.The Civil War and Industry55
6.Governments of the People67
7.The Social and Cultural Environment75
8.The Architectural Environment89
9.A Major Educational Center103
10.Decline and Revival in the Twentieth Century121
11.Transition to a Post-Industrial World145
12.Chronicles of Leadership165
A Timeline of Hudson Mohawk Gateway History234
Bibliography240
Index242

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