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Troy, Rensselaer, New York, USA

"...The streets are generally well paved, lighted with gas and electricity, £f bordered £ The finest residences are situated on First, Second, and Fifth streets, and around Seminary and Washington Parks. Among the public buildings worthy of notice are the Troy savings-bank building, including a fine music-hall, and erected at a cost of $500,000, the Episcopal churches of the Holy Cross and St. Paul, both of blue limestone, St. John's, of brown sandstone, and the Troy Times building, of iron and glass. Troy contains 50 churches, a fine masonic temple, a high school, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Emma Willard Female Seminary (to which Hon. Russell Sage has recently presented a $100,000 building and the late Mr. G. W. S. Quackenbush a $50,000 structure), several academies, 8 national banks, a new city hall, a Catholic theological seminary, the Marshall Infirmary, the Troy Hospital, 2 orphan asylums, and a public library. Four daily and 6 weekly newspapers are published here. Two bridges cross the river here and connect Troy with West Troy, where the Watervliet Arsenal is located.

This city has important manufactures of iron, Bessemer steel, cotton goods, railroad-cars, stoves, machinery, boilers, bells, stone-ware, nails, axles, steam-engines, &c. It has blast-furnaces, iron- and brass-foundries, horseshoe- and nail-factories, rolling-mills, paper-mills, breweries, distilleries, flour-mills, carriage-factories, about 40 shirt- and collar-factories, employing nearly 6000 hands, and a superior establishment for the manufacture of mathematical instruments. Troy is favorably situated for commerce, being near a terminus of the Champlain and Erie Canals. It is traversed by electric railways, and connected by similar railroads with Lansingburg, Waterford, and Cohoes. Steamboats ply daily between Troy and New York and Troy and Albany, except in winter. Its trade is also facilitated by several important steam railroads. A portion of the 5th ward of this city is sometimes called Albia, where is a manufactory of hosiery. Troy was incorporated as a city in 1816. Pop. in 1850, 28,785; in 1860, 39,235; in 1870, 46,421; in 1880, 56,747; in 1890, 60,956."

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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  • 1812 - Sam Wilson, a meatpacker from Troy who's caricature Uncle Sam came to personify the United States is buried at Troy's Oakwood Cemetery.
    During the War of 1812, he stamped "US Beef" on his products which soldiers interpreted the US abbreviation as meaning Uncle Sam.
    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/state-facts/ new-york.html

  • 1816 - Troy Incorporated


  • 1825 - January 25 - 1st US engineering college opens, Rensselaer Polytechnic, Troy, NY

    historyorb.com

  • Troy, New York, USA
    View from Mount Ida
    American Scenery,
    by N.P. Willis, Illustrated by William Henry Bartlett, 1840
  • News 1846 - AVALANCHE AT TROY.
    Another avalanche occurred on Saturday, in the immediate environs of this city, for which Troy has become famous. Two men were instantly killed,...Read MORE...


  • News 1859 - BURNING OF THE TROY HOSPITAL.
    TROY, N. Y., Thursday, Jan. 13. About 6 o'clock this evening a fire broke out in the Troy Hospital, which, owing the scarcity of water, was partially ...Read MORE...


  • News 1866 - DISASTROUS FIRE IN TROY - DESTRUCTION OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC ORPHAN ASYLUM.
    Troy, N.Y., Saturday, May 5.
    About 8 o'clock this evening a fire broke out in the Roman Catholic Orphan Asylum, and in an hour the building was...Read MORE...


  • News 1869 - Troy, N.Y., is said to be the greatest potato market in this country.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    November 6, 1869

  • Troy, New York, USA
    Troy and Vicinity
    Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
    New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.
  • Troy, New York, USA
    Trojan Hooks at their Quarters, Franklin Square, Troy, N.Y.
  • News 1895 - Blizzard - THE STORM STILL HOVERS OVER THE UNITED STATES. IT IS SEVEREST IN THE EAST. TRAFFIC ALMOST ENTIRELY AT A STANDSTILL -- RAILROAD TRAINS BLOCKADED -- BUSINESS PARALYZED -- PEOPLE FROZEN TO DEATH AT SEVERAL PLACES...
    ...Spend A Night In A Motor Car.
    Troy, N. Y., Feb. 9. - One of the incidents of the storm here was the stalling of a motor car on the East Side last ...Read MORE...


  • News 1896 - SEWING GIRLS CREMATED. BETWEEN TWENTY AND THIRTY BURNED TO DEATH IN TROY. ONE EXIT FOR 300 PEOPLE.
    FIVE GIRLS JUMPED FROM WINDOWS AND THREE MET INSTANT DEATH - LARGE LIST OF INJURED AND MISSING - BOY'S CARLESS MATCH STARTED A BLAZE AND A PANIC...Read MORE...


  • 1897 - Troy
    The original charter of the city of Troy was enacted April 12, 1816. It contained no unusual features. It constituted the inhabitants of the place a...Read MORE...


  • Troy, New York, USA
    Harderfold Red Star Brand Hygienic Underwear
    Harderfold Fabric Company
    Troy, N.Y.

    Ladies' Home Journal
    October 1898
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    Union Depot, Troy, N.Y.
  • Troy, New York, USA
    City Hall
  • Troy, New York, USA
    Soldiers and Sailors Monument, 1905
  • 1906
    Troy, a city and the capital of Rensselaer co., N.Y., is situated on the E. bank of the Hudson River, at the mouth of the Poestenkill River, at the...Read MORE...


  • Troy, New York, USA
    2nd Street looking S., 1907
  • Troy, New York, USA
    Rensselaer Hotel, 1907
  • Troy, New York, USA
    Franklin Square
  • Troy, New York, USA
    Old Home Week, 1908
  • Troy, New York, USA
    Play-grounds, Prospect Park
  • Troy, New York, USA
    Burden Pond
  • Troy, New York, USA
    Cluett Peabody & Co., Collar Factory, Troy, N.Y.
  • Troy, New York, USA
    Earl Memorial Crematory, Oakwood Cemetery
  • Troy, New York, USA
    Chemical Laboratory, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Troy, New York, USA
    "The Hill," showing R.P.I. Buildings
  • Troy, New York, USA
    The Emma Willard Seminary Buildings
  • Troy, New York, USA
    Young Women's Association Building
  • News 1911 - HEAVY FIRE LOSS IN CITY OF TROY. BUSINESS STRUCTURE DESTROYED AT LOSS OF THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND.
    Troy, N. Y., Jan. 26. - The Boston store and several other structures in the business section of this city were destroyed by fire early this morning, ...Read MORE...


  • Troy, New York, USA
    United Shirt & Collar Col, Upper Troy, N.Y., 1911
  • Troy, New York, USA
    Samaritan Hospital
  • Troy, New York, USA
    First Presbyterian Church, Emma Willard School and Court House
  • Troy, New York, USA
    Heart of Shopping District, River, Third & Fulton Sts.
  • Troy, New York, USA
    Subway of Troy Union Depot
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    Boardman Building
  • Troy, New York, USA
    Post Office, 1928
  • Troy, New York, USA
    Fulton Street, Looking East
  • News 1949 - April 15 - A hailstone five inches by five and a half inches in size, and weighing four pounds, was measured at Troy NY.

    The Weather Channel
    April 15, 1949



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