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Hudson in Columbia County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Hudson, New York

“a seaport far from the sea”

 
 
Hudson, New York image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, March 2, 2019
1. Hudson, New York
Inscription.  In his fantastical tale, Rip Van Winkle, Washington Irving told of how the ghosts of Captain Henry Hudson and his crew appeared once every twenty years in the Catskill mountains, across the river from here. According to the story, the Captain could then "...keep a guardian eye on the river and the great city called by his name."

What is known from actual history is that in 1609, Henry Hudson, an English explorer sailing under the flag of the Dutch East India Company, passed this point of land while searching for a northwest sea route to Asia. He could not have imagined that this great river would someday bear his name, or that in 1785, a group of American whalers and merchantmen from Nantucket and other Atlantic ports would sail to this very place to establish for themselves a new and more secure port, 120 miles from the sea. They would name their new home the City of Hudson, in honor of that fellow mariner whose seminal voyage of discovery had redrawn the world's trade routes forevermore. Hudson became one of the new nation's fastest growing cities, quickly rivaling New York City as a bustling seaport, but it would miss being
Hudson-Athens Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, March 2, 2019
2. Hudson-Athens Lighthouse
seen from the the park
named the permanent capital of New York by just one vote.

This park was dedicated during the City of Hudson Namesake Celebration, July, 2009 as part of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commemoration

Henry Hudson Riverfront Park signage is a gift of A. Colarusso & Son, Inc.
 
Erected 2009 by City of Hudson.
 
Location. 42° 15.273′ N, 73° 47.986′ W. Marker is in Hudson, New York, in Columbia County. Touch for map. In Riverfront Park. Marker is in this post office area: Hudson NY 12534, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Operation Desert Storm (approx. 0.6 miles away); Korea (approx. 0.6 miles away); WWII Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Vietnam (approx. 0.6 miles away); Davis Hall (approx. 0.6 miles away); Northrup House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Jan Van Loon House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Athens Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hudson.
 
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War Memorial Marker in Henry Hudson Riverfront Park image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, March 2, 2019
3. War Memorial Marker in Henry Hudson Riverfront Park
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 6, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 4, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on March 4, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.   2, 3. submitted on March 5, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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