Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Queen City of the Hudson
history ties it to the river with
Poughkeepsie known as
The Queen City of the Hudson
1873, various iron foundries, including the Hudson River Iron Works; reopened in 1883, as Phoenix Horse Shoe Co. & was possibly the largest producer in the world.
1803, Vassar Brewery operated near the water front from 1836 – 1896. Matthew Vassar's fortune, made from the brewery business, built Vassar College in 1861.
1832 – 1844, The Poughkeepsie Whale Dock, originally located between the foot of Main St. and the Vassar Brewery with various whaling companies operating.
1760, Union Street Landing was the important middle dock where Stoneware manufacturing began in 1797. In 1800, the Brig Caroline was launched as Poughkeepsie became New York states second seaport.
1814, the Steamboat Terminal first began at the Main St. Landing, with the Firefly becoming the first steamboat to permanently dock.
1879, Poughkeepsie Glass Works was the first "continuous feed tank" glass manufactory in the U.S. Made a large quantity of whiskey flasks & beer bottles, ending at the time of prohibition. 1793, ferry service began between Highland & Poughkeepsie, as a sail and rowboat operation. In 1819, a "Team Ferry Boat" powered by two horses in a treadmill began. In 1899, the Brinkerhoff began operation, and made its final trip when service closed o Dec. 31, 1941.
1865 – 1913, Adriance & Platt Mower And Reaper Works. A major producer of farm equipment, sold worldwide. The family fortune built Adriance Memorial Library, 1897. The business was sold to the Moline Plow Co. 1913 – 1923 and destroyed by fire on Jan. 8, 1939.
Information provided by George Lukacs, City Historian
Location. 41° 42.475′ N, 73° 56.419′ Touch for map. Located in Waryas Memorial Park on the Hudson River. Marker is in this post office area: Poughkeepsie NY 12601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Walkway Over the Hudson (here, next to this marker); Walkway Loop Trail (here, next to this marker); River That Flows Both Ways (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Victor C. Waryas Memorial Park (about 700 feet away); Thomas Dongan (approx. ¼ mile away); Poughkeepsie-Highland Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Poughkeepsie Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Constitution Ratification Site (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Poughkeepsie.
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