Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
An economic engine. A renewed source of Pride.
— Greater Walkway Experience —
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
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.
• 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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • Sports • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 41° 42.548′ N, 73° 56.326′ W. Marker is in Poughkeepsie, New York, in Dutchess County. Marker is on North Water Street, ¼ 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 mapTouch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Poughkeepsie's Waterfront (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Hudson River Day Line (about 600 feet away); Walkway Loop Trail (about 600 feet away); Walkway Over the Hudson (about 600 feet away); The Queen City of the Hudson (about 600 feet away); Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge: Eastern Overland Approach (about 600 feet away); Franklin D. Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge (about 600 feet away); The Poughkeepsie Whaling Company (about 700 feet 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. Walkway over the Hudson website entry (Submitted on January 21, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Poughkeepsie Regatta. Wikipedia entry:
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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 30, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 111 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 30, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.