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

Named for Englishman Henry Hudson

400 Years of History

 
 
Named for Englishman Henry Hudson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 30, 2019
1. Named for Englishman Henry Hudson Marker
Inscription.  The river is named for Englishman Henry Hudson, who explored it aboard the Half Moon in 1609. He was searching for an all-water route to Asia for the Dutch East India Company. It was also called the “North River” by the Dutch.

Background photo courtesy New Netherland Institute
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsColonial EraExplorationWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1609.
 
Location. 41° 42.634′ N, 73° 56.032′ W. Marker is in Poughkeepsie, New York, in Dutchess County. Marker can be reached from Parker Avenue (New York State Route 9G) ¼ mile east of Washington Street (New York State Route 9G), on the left when traveling east. Marker is mounted at knee-level on the north railing of the old Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge, 4/10 mile west of the Parker Avenue parking lot for Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 49 Parker Avenue, 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. Intercollegiate Rowing Association (within shouting distance
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of this marker); Dutchess County (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mid-Hudson Bridge (about 400 feet away); Catskill Mountains (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Mid-Hudson Bridge (about 500 feet away); Steamboat & Ferry Landing (about 500 feet away); Poughkeepsie's Little Italy (about 600 feet away); North River Steamboat of Clermont (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Poughkeepsie.
 
More about this marker. Originally built in 1889, today the repurposed Poughkeepsie Highland Railroad Bridge carries a scenic pedestrian walkway over the Hudson River.
 
Also see . . .  History of the Hudson River (Wikipedia). The Dutch East India Company financed English navigator Henry Hudson in his attempt to search for the Northwest Passage. During this attempt, Henry Hudson decided to sail his ship up the river that would later be named after him. As he continued up the river, its width expanded, into Haverstraw Bay, leading him to believe he had successfully
Named for Englishman Henry Hudson Marker • <i>wide view<br>(Hudson River in background)</i> image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 30, 2019
2. Named for Englishman Henry Hudson Marker • wide view
(Hudson River in background)
reached the Northwest Passage. He docked his ship on the western shore of Haverstraw Bay and claimed the territory as the first Dutch settlement in North America. (Submitted on February 3, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Hudson River (<i>view looking northwest from near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 11, 2010
3. Hudson River (view looking northwest from near marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 31, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 171 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 3, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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