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Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Poughkeepsie Waterfront

An economic engine. A renewed source of Pride.

 

Greater Walkway Experience

 
Poughkeepsie Waterfront Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 30, 2019
1. Poughkeepsie Waterfront Marker
Inscription.  Long before locomotives and automobiles, the Hudson River was like a super highway attracting intrepid explorers, settlers, and businessmen. As such, the area's earliest economic development dotted the lush banks of the waterfront. This is where the city of Poughkeepsie was first established by Dutch and British merchants a century before the Declaration of Independence.

True to their resilience, two of the earliest houses built at Upper landing still stand today. Meanwhile, the center of commerce and population migrated "up the hill," but the waterfront remained the primary industrial zone with mills powered by the Fall Kill and factories churning out dye, furniture, and all manner of goods. The mighty Hudson was put to work for travel and trade as shipments made their way up and down the river to far-reaching markets.

For a brief period in the early 19th century, even the whaling industry thrived here. A large sculpture in Waryas Park pays homage to that fleeting era. Never one to stand still — even in winter when the river froze over — the region became a major ice supplier. From 1895 to 1949, warmer months welcomed
Marker detail: Poughkeepsie waterfront mid-19th century, prior to the railroad bridge image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Poughkeepsie waterfront mid-19th century, prior to the railroad bridge
Main Street dock in foreground
thousands of spectators who crowded the river banks to watch the Intercollegiate Rowing Regatta. As a truly national spectacle, college crews from all over the United States were not only written up in the sports section, but also the society page.

As the waterfront increasingly shifted from industrial to more recreational pursuits, the river has remained both economically vital and beloved. Similar to the days when local children would urge travelers on passing boats to throw pennies into the river so they could dive for them, it is still the Hudson that anchors life here in the valley.


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Poughkeepsie waterfront mid-19th century, prior to the railroad bridge.
Intercollegiate Regatta held every year between 1895 and 1947.
Trolley at Main Street dock by ferry to Highland.
 
Location. 41° 42.548′ N, 73° 56.326′ W. Marker is in Poughkeepsie, New York, in Dutchess County. Marker is on North Water Street mile north of Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is beside the sidewalk, directly across North Water Street from Upper Landing Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 83 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie NY 12601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Walkway Loop Trail (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Walkway Over the Hudson
Poughkeepsie Waterfront Marker<br>(<i>wide view looking north along North Water Street</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 30, 2019
3. Poughkeepsie Waterfront Marker
(wide view looking north along North Water Street)
(about 600 feet away); The Queen City of the Hudson (about 600 feet away); Thomas Dongan (approx. 0.2 miles away); River That Flows Both Ways (approx. 0.2 miles away); Victor C. Waryas Memorial Park (approx. mile away); Little Italy (approx. 0.3 miles away); Union Street Historic Neighborhood (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Poughkeepsie.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Greater Walkway Experience, Poughkeepsie, New York
 
Also see . . .
1. Poughkeepsie Waterfront. (Submitted on January 21, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Intercollegiate Rowing Association: Poughkeepsie Regatta. In the world of collegiate rowing, one of the biggest annual competitions is the Intercollegiate Rowing Association's (IRA) National Championship, which is currently held in Camden, New Jersey. Yet all of the prestige of the race was established in its original home, in Poughkeepsie, New York on the Hudson River. (Submitted on September 30, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 21, 2020. This page originally submitted on September 30, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 30, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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