Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Notable Industrial and Civic Center
Economic prosperity was coupled with important civic structures and institutions. Poughkeepsie became New York's second state capital after the British set Kingston on fire during the Revolutionary War. In 1788, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay came here to debate anti-federalists on the ratification of the US Constitution, ultimately leading to the creation of the Bill of Rights.
The landmarked Post Office, with its elegant design in local stone, served as a model for New Deal construction. Franklin Roosevelt himself laid the cornerstone
In the 1960s and 70s, Poughkeepsie underwent the greatest surge of urban renewal per capita of any American city. While this swept away much of the original structure and character, a new age of enlightened civic leaders, philanthropists, artists, and residents have combined forces to reinvigorate this regal Hudson River city.
Location. 41° 42.413′ N, 73° 55.652′ W. Marker is in Poughkeepsie, New York, in Dutchess County. Marker is at the intersection of Civic Center Plaza and Mansion Street, on the right when traveling north on Civic Center Plaza. Marker is located near the sidewalk at the southeast corner of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 85 Civic Center Plaza, 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. United States Post Office Poughkeepsie New York (within shouting distance of this marker); Poughkeepsie Vietnam Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cristoforo Colombo Van Kleeck House Site (about 800 feet away); Vassar Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away); Second Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Constitution Ratification Site (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Poughkeepsie.
More about this marker. There is an identical copy of this marker located two blocks south. It is at the northwest corner of the Civic Center Plaza (Main Street) and Market Street intersection, near the Dutchess County Courthouse.
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