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Welcome to the Colonie Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Path

 
 
Welcome to the Colonie Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Path Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, December 2, 2018
1. Welcome to the Colonie Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Path Marker
Inscription.  The Town of Colonie includes 10.2 miles of riverfront along the Mohawk River and Erie Canal. The bike-hike trail which parallels the river and canal is part of the 359 mile NYS Canalway Trail stretching from Buffalo to Albany. Points of interest include Colonie Mohawk River Park, the Shaker Creek, Delphus Kill, and the locations of Dunsbach and Fort’s Ferries. A stockade fort, built in the 1600’s was located at Mohawk View near the bridge over the Shaker Creek. In 1918, the Erie Canal was replaced by the larger New York State Erie Barge Canal, which utilized the river rather than a dug canal; the enlargment submerged the site of the fort.

Inset lower left: The bike-hike path provides access to the Colonie Mohawk River Park, 150 acres with hiking trails, picnic areas, ball fields, swimming pool , and a boat launch. In this view from the middle of the Mohawk River, the dock and boat launch are visible on the shore beyond the kayakers.

The Schenectady and Troy Railroad began operations in 1841. It was constructed by the City of Troy and incorporated into the New York Central railroad in 1853. In 1913, four passengers trains were run

Dunsbach Station image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, December 1, 2018
2. Dunsbach Station
each way daily from Schenectady to Troy. Rail service ended by 1965; the right-of-way was used to construct the bike-hike path in the 1970s.

Inset right: The Shakers. The trail crosses Shakers Creek which was named after the communal Religious society established in the area in 1776. The Shakers used the creek for power and and built first a gristmill (1846) and then a sawmill (1883). Shakers invented the flat broom we all use today. They grew broomcorn in the river lowlands and sold their brooms to vendors along the Erie Canal.
 
Erected by New York State Canals.
 
Location. 42° 46.457′ N, 73° 48.985′ W. Marker is in Niskayuna, New York, in Schenectady County. Marker can be reached from Old River Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Schenectady NY 12309, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lock 19 (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Ferry Road Bridge & Its Surroundings… A Brief History (approx. 1.4 miles away); Amity Reformed Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); Erie Canal (approx. 1.6 miles away); Whipple Iron Truss Bridge (approx. 1.6 miles away); Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve (approx. 1.7 miles away); Cast Iron Whipple Truss Bridge, 1869 (approx. 1.7 miles away); Vischer Ferry Historic District (approx. 1.8 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is located at the point where the trail from the Mohawk Riverside Landing Park, about 500 feet away, intersects with this trail.
 
Categories.

Wildlife Marker On Backside image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, December 1, 2018
3. Wildlife Marker On Backside
Parks & Recreational AreasRailroads & StreetcarsWaterways & Vessels
 
Dunsbach Station image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, December 2, 2018
4. Dunsbach Station
Distance Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, December 1, 2018
5. Distance Marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 2, 2018, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 82 times since then and 24 times this year. Last updated on December 3, 2018, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 2, 2018, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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