Troy, New York: River Town Revival

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Troy

Part of the Hudson Valley’s River Town Revival: Troy, NY

troy waterfront
Troy’s waterfront continues to attract new businesses and development, including a major upgrade to Riverfront Park

PHOTOGRAPH BY MATT WADE

Named after the ancient locale in Homer’s Iliad, Troy, on the eastern bank of the Hudson, about eight miles north of Albany, was once dubbed “Collar City” because of its explosive textile production. Housewife Hannah Lord Montague, frustrated by having to frequently wash her husband’s shirts, also pioneered the convenient concept of the detached collar here. Through the 19th and early 20th centuries, Troy served as a shipping hub for vegetables and meat to boot, but the city was perhaps best known as an epicenter for iron manufacturing, rivaled only by Pittsburgh.

Troy, first settled by the Mahican tribe, then the Dutch, was nearly destroyed by fire…

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