Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
North River Steamboat of Clermont
The Hudson Highway
Background illustration from Robert Fulton's 1809 steamboat patent application. Courtesy United States Naval Academy.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1807.
Location. 41° 42.631′ N, 73° 56.175′ 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 right when traveling east. Marker is mounted at knee-level on the south railing of the old Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge, about 1/2 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. Poughkeepsie's Little Italy (a few steps from this marker); Steamboat & Ferry LandingCatskill Mountains (within shouting distance of this marker); The Poughkeepsie Whaling Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Mid-Hudson Bridge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge: Eastern Overland Approach (about 400 feet away); Intercollegiate Rowing Association (about 500 feet away); Named for Englishman Henry Hudson (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 . . . Clermont. Although named North River Steamboat of Clermont, it became known as the Clermont. On its first voyage, August 17, 1807, the Clermont averaged close to 5 miles per hour for the 150 miles up the Hudson River to Albany, New York. The Clermont inaugurated the first profitable venture in steam navigation, carrying paying passengers between Albany and New York City. (Submitted on February 6, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 31, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 76 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 6, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.