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Albany, Albany, New York, USA

"Albany, a city, capital (since 1797) of the state of New York, and of Albany co., on the W. bank of Hudson River, lat. 42° 39' 3" N., lon. 73° 32' W., 142 miles N. of New York, and at the junction of the New York Central & Hudson River, the Boston & Albany, the Rensselaer & Saratoga, the Albany & Susquehanna, and the West Shore Railroads. This position, together with the fact that the river (crossed by three double-track iron railroad drawbridges) connects here with the great lakes by the Erie Canal, and with Lake Champlain by the Champlain Canal, gives Albany great advantages as a receiving and distributing point, especially for grain and lumber, and makes it an important centre of the western trade. A project is also under consideration for so deepening the channel of the river as to make it navigable for ocean steamers directly to the Albany harbor. The city is well built, with some very fine streets and 140 acres of beautifully finished parks and boulevards (costing over $1,540,000), besides 264 acres in process of development. , Leading, industries on a large scale, besides printing and book-making, are the manufacture of stoves and other metal goods, clothing of every description, boots and shoes, beer and ale, pianos, card board, glazed and colored papers, papermakers' felt, and some others. Prominent buildings are the state capitol, on which nearly $20,000,000 had been spent down to 1892, without finishing it; the state hall, a fine structure of white marble; the state normal college, the state armory, the state geological and agricultural hall (with libraries and museums), the city buildings, the U.S. building for post-office and courts, the county penitentiary, almshouse and lunatic asylum, and Harmanus Bleecker Hall (property of the Young Men's Association), accommodating comfort ably an audience of 3580, and capable of holding 6000. Among other institutions may be named the Dudley Observatory and the medical, pharmaceutical and law schools, affiliated, since 1871, with Union College, Schenectady under the title of Union University; the High School, the Academy, the Female Academy, the Albany Institute, the Young Men's Christian Association, and St. Agnes School. There are also 25 public schools of lower grade, at which the attendance in 1891 was 14,412, the average daily attendance for the school year being 10,328. A public reading library of over 160,000 volumes is maintained by the state. Among charities are a number of hospitals and orphan asylums, homes for old men, old women and incurables, and a House of Shelter for fallen women, desirous of reforming. Albany is the seat of a Roman Catholic and of a Protestant Episcopal bishop, and has about 80 churches, the two cathedrals being the largest and handsomest; but several others are elegant structures. There are 17 banks and savings institutions, besides private banking establishments, and a number of excellent clubs. About 30 periodicals are published. Electric railways run to every part of the town and to Troy, West Troy, West Albany, Kenwood, Greenbush, and other suburbs. An excellent drainage system is in operation; and water is sup plied partly by pumping from the river and partly by natural streams impounded in reservoirs at the west. The lace was formerly known as Fort Orange, Beverwyck, and Williamstadt. It was settled in 1540 by Frenchmen, who began building a castle, which was completed by Dutchmen in 1615 and called Fort Nassau. Walloons from Holland settled here in 1624 and erected Fort Orange. The place was surrendered to the English, Sept. 24, 1664, and named Albany, in honor of the Duke of York and Albany, after wards James II. It was chartered a city in 1686. Pop. in 1800, 5289; in 1820, 12,630; in 1840, 33,721; in 1850, 50,703; in 1860, 62,367; in 1870, 69,422; in 1880, 90,758; in 1890, 94,923. The municipal lines within which these figures are taken are far from including the whole town, populous and closely-allied suburbs being excluded."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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"The Woodbury Soap Company is an American manufacturer of personal care products such as cold cream, facial cream, facial powder, after-shave talc and ear swabs. Founded in Albany, New York in 1870, the company was sponsor to popular radio programs... Read MORE...

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Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.

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Novelty Knitting Co., Albany, N.Y.

Ladies' Home Journal
May 1898

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"The Leading Tourist's Line"
Lake George, Lake Champlain, Sharon Springs, Saratoga, Adirondacks, etc., etc.

J. W Burdick, General Pass. Agt.
Delaware & Hudson, R.R., Albany, N.Y.

Ladies' Home Journal
June 1898

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State Street Looking West, Albany, N. Y.

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Long Drawbridge, Hudson River at Albany

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New York Central Railroad Station, Albany, N. Y.

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Capitol Approach and Bell Telephone Bldg., Albany, N. Y.


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Home Savings Bank, Albany, N. Y.

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State Street from Broadway

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City Hall, 1905

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All Saints P. C. Cathedral, 1906

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Post Office

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Ravine Beaver Park, 1906

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Hawk Street Viaduct

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Albany Trust Building, 1909


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Catholic Union Building

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Dudley Observatory, Lake Avenue

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Park Lake

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Old Schuyler Mansion

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Shopping District

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St. Agnes School, Elk Street

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The Wellington Hotel

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State Street Looking West from Broadway


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Moonlight on the Hudson, 1911

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State Education Building

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Keeler's State Street Restaurant

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The Plaza

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Looking Up State Street from the Plaza

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Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
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History and News of Albany, New York, USA

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  • 1614 - Fort Nassau is built near present-day Albany
    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ new-york.html
  • 1615 - Albany settled by Dutch colonists - It is called Fort Orange
  • 1664 - September 24 - Dutch Fort Orange (New Netherland) in present day Albany NY surrenders to the English
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  • Albany & Saratoga Springs, NY - Travel Thru History


    Albany & Saratoga Springs, NY - Travel Thru History (www.youtube.com)
  • 1686 - July 22 - City of Albany, NY chartered
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  • General Henry Knox and his troops passed through here in the winter of 1775-76 with a load of 59 cannons pulled by teams of oxen.
    The cannons were captured from the British at Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point. They were transported from Lake Champlain to Dorchester Heights, Mass... Read MORE...

  • 1792 - Bank of Albany Established
    In 1792, Bank of Albany was established with capital of $260,000.

    The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia, Volume 3
    Author Sir David Brewster
    Publisher J. & ... Read MORE...

  • 1797-01-01 - Albany replaces NYC as capital of NY
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  • 1807 - The Clermont made its maiden voyage from New York City to Albany making the vessel the first successful steamboat.
    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ new-york.html
  • News  1831 - August 9 - 1st US steam engine train run (Albany to Schenectady, NY)
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    August 9, 1831
  • News  1848 - SAD ACCIDENT
    As the passengers by the noon train were about landing from the Boston on the bridge at the foot of Maiden lane, it gave way, by which several persons... Read MORE...

  • News  1848 - APPALLING CONFLAGRATION! 500 BUILDINGS BURNED!! $3,000,000 Property Lost!!
    Fire, though a good servant, is indeed a fearful master! And fearfully did this mad element rage yesterday! Our city is desolate! The ruin is appallin... Read MORE...

  • News  1852 - Fire at Albany
    ALBANY, Tuesday, May 4. The Dye House, Bathing House and Infirmary of Dr. DEAN, on Norton-street, was destroyed by fire this morning. Loss $4,000. Ins... Read MORE...

  • News  1869 - Soldiers' Home
    The Soldiers' Home in Albany, N.Y., has been closed for lack of appropriation by the Legislature for support, and its two hundred inmates will be take... Read MORE...

  • News  1883 - ANOTHER ROTTEN BOILER.
    Albany, September 28. - Early this morning the boiler in the steamer J.S. Robinson, which lay at the foot of Waterloo Street, exploded with frightful ... Read MORE...

  • News  1884 - CRASHING INTO A LAND SLIDE. A TRAIN ON THE WEST SHORE WRECKED AND SEVERAL PERSONS INJURED.
    The Atlantic express of the West Shore Road is due at Jersey City at 7 o’clock in the morning. It lost a few minutes south of Albany yesterday morning... Read MORE...

  • News  1888 - March 12 - A blizzard paralyzed southeastern New York State and western New England. Albany NY reported 46.7 inches of snow.
    The Weather Channel
    March 12, 1888
  • News  1897 - KILLED BY THE CARS.
    Albany, N.Y., Jan. 11. - SUSAN ROSNA, aged eight years, was struck by the Montreal express train on the Delaware & Hudson railroad entering this city ... Read MORE...

  • 1911 - July 4 - Temperature reached 104°F in Albany, New York
    The Weather Channel
  • 1916
    Albany, a city, capital of the state of New York (since 1797) and of Albany co., on the W. bank of the Hudson River, in lat, 42° W3" N., lon. 73° 45' ... Read MORE...

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