Lost Industries of Saratoga County

Lost Industries of Saratoga County

by Timothy Starr


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The tourism trade has sustained itself in Saratoga County since the early 1800s, but this region also saw a vibrant industrial era that is often overlooked. At one time, this New York county hosted the nation's largest book paper mill, newsprint paper mill, tannery and paper bag manufacturer. In addition, it was home to such world-famous products as Button fire engines, Isaiah Blood hard edge tools, Eddy valves and various brands of mineral spring water. Timothy Starr provides the most complete history of the area's industrial age yet published. Discover the fascinating history of such little-known subjects as the Peebles Island bleachery, the mines of Greenfield, Edinburgh's woodenware factories and lumber drives on the Hudson River.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609490799
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 10/25/2010
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 793,933
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Timothy Starr received a bachelor of science degree in accounting and a bachelor of arts degree in history from Castleton State College. He also received a master's degree in business administration from Chadwick University. Soon after graduating college, he moved to the historic county of Saratoga. After noticing many ruins around the town of Milton, he began researching its history, particularly during the mid- to late 1800s. For most of his career, Mr. Starr has been involved in accounting and finance in the nonprofit industry and he volunteers as the treasurer of the Saratoga County Historical Society (Brookside) Board of Trustees. He lives in Rock City Falls with his family.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

The Importance of Water Power 15

Canals and Railroads 22

Town and Country 29

Nature's Gift: The Mineral Springs 47

Local Businessmen Were Inventive 54

Lumber Drives on the Hudson River 60

The Cotton Mills 65

Tanning and Leather-Making 71

Keeping It Cool: The Ice Business 79

The Mount Pleasant Glass Factory 83

From Soap to Nuts 87

The Country's Only Linen Thread Mill 92

Healing the World 96

The Paper Bag King 100

The World's Largest Book Paper Mill 106

The Country's Largest Newsprint Mill 110

Mining and Quarrying 116

Foundries and Fabricators 120

The Waterford Knitting Mills 126

Socks and Gloves from Ballston Spa 130

Clothing a Nation 134

Bleaching on Peebles Island 141

Burned Out: Fire Takes Its Toll 145

The Trust Movement 152

Remnants of a Bygone Era 159

Bibliography 167

Index 171

About the Author 175

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