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The Hudson River at Fort Edward, NY

Industrial Growth

 
 
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By Steve Stoessel, May 18, 2019
1. The Hudson River at Fort Edward, NY Marker
Inscription.  
The natural features of the Hudson River, especially its falls, are largely responsible for the regionís industrial development. In 1765, Albert Baker settled along this part of the river and created the areaís first water-powered mill. Iron foundries, a blast furnace. And several paper, saw, and grist mills were established along the river in the mid 1800-s. The construction of the Champlain Canal in 1823 and the Glen Falls Feeder Canal in 1833 allowed materials to be shipped in and out of the region with ease.

Logging and mining became significant industries in the region. Logging efforts in the Adirondacks helped contribute to the regionís prominent papermaking industry. The Glen Falls Feeder Canal transported goods such as Kingsbury Bluestone, which was used in several well-known architectural structures such as the Bennington Battle Monument, the Saratoga Monument, and the Brooklyn Bridge.

The region is also renowned for its production of Fort Edward stoneware. Many local companies produced this unique type of pottery from the 1850ís to the 1940ís. Fort Edward stoneware often featured cobalt-colored exterior with a
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By Steve Stoessel
2. Fort Edward Stoneware
Shaker Museum|Mount Lebanon Collection
brown-glazed interior, now considered to be attractive collector items.

Railroad passenger transportation began in 1848 with the Rensselaer and Saratoga Railroad, and this brought several hotels to Fort Edwards. By 1851, freight transportation was allowed on the line, which further supplemented the regionís blooming industry. Ownership of the railway went though many hands, but it eventually became known as the Delaware & Hudson Railroad in 1870. Today the line owned by Canadian Pacific Railroad, with the Fort Edward station still serving Amtrak passengers in two lines from New York to Montreal.
 
Erected by Glen Falls Foundation, Sandy Hill Association, Hudson River Improvement Fund.
 
Location. 43° 15.917′ N, 73° 35.246′ W. Marker is in Fort Edward, New York, in Washington County. Marker is on Rogers Island Drive, in the median. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Edward NY 12828, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Hudson River at Fort Edward, NY (a few steps from this marker); Jane McCrea (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Hudson River at Fort Edward (within shouting distance of this marker); Rogers Island - Fort Edward, NY (within shouting
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By Steve Stoessel, May 18, 2019
3. Rogers Island Visitor Center
distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Hudson River at Fort Edward, NY (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Rogers Island - Fort Edward, NY (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Hudson River at Fort Edward (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Edward War Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Edward.
 
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By Steve Stoessel, May 18, 2019
4. The Hudson River at Fort Edward, NY
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 31, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 31, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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