The Poesten Kill: Waterfalls to Waterworks in the Capital District

The Poesten Kill: Waterfalls to Waterworks in the Capital District

by John Warren


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The Poesten Kill has sustained Rensselaer County communities for generations. Native Americans first gained sustenance from the stream's waters and hunted and gathered on its shores. Its wild places, large waterfalls and natural springs served as healthful inspiration to artists and adventurers. And during the nineteenth century, urban industrialists tapped its power to provide work opportunities for Irish, German, French and Italian immigrants. John Warren paints a vivid picture of the kill, highlighting the force and wonder that has stirred naturalists and entrepreneurs for centuries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596296336
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 07/17/2009
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

John Warren is a writer, historian, educator, and filmmaker who now lives in the Adirondacks, although he grew up near the Poesten Kill where his family has lived for six generations. He has produced and directed prizewinning film and video crews around the world and holds credits on more than 100 hours of primetime television. John's work has appeared in a variety of media from PBS, History Channel, and Discovery to Adirondack Life, numerous regional and local newspapers, and online. John has lectured on history, writing, journalism, and documentary production at nearly a dozen colleges and universities and has taught at Ithaca College, SUNY Albany, and Adirondack Community College. He is editor of the popular online sites Adirondack Almanack and New York History and serves as a consultant for regional new media and micro media development.

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Acknowledgements 11

Introduction 13

The Lay of the Land 18

Natural Beauty and Healing Waters 22

The Mohican: A Bountiful Poesten Kill 29

The Dutch: Van Rensselaer's East Manor 32

The Van der Heyden Estate 41

New Farms on the Upper Poesten Kill 45

Troy: Another Village on the Poesten Kill 50

Transportation: The Engine of Commerce 54

Early Poesten Kill Mills 64

"Improving" the Lower Poesten Kill 68

Flouring, Grain and Gristmills 75

The Ida Hill Neighborhood 78

The Lower Poesten Kill Gorge 83

The Iron and Steel Industries 88

Along the Upper Poesten Kill 95

Workers: South Troy and the Irish 107

Workers and Industrial Protest 113

Floods along the Poesten Kill 120

Bibliography 125

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