Albany: A City on the River

Tour curated by: K. Morehouse

During the 19th century, Albany New York had an important and growing relationship with its waterfront on the Hudson River. This relationship helped to change not only the city of Albany, but the nation as well. The river provided inspiration to artists, power for factories, connection to politics, and the transportation for travel and trade. With the development of infrastructure during the 19th century, most notably for this topic the creation and completion of the Erie Canal, Albany became a hub of connectivity. Within a block from the waterfront were some of the most important banks, businesses, and transportation centers of the time. The 19th century was most certainly the peak of this relationship between river and residents for Albany. Now, for many local residents, the waterfront is mostly inaccessible and the ruins of formerly booming industries litter the banks of the river. There has been a push to rebuild the waterfront and reestablish that relationship. The history of the Hudson River in Albany is important on a local and national level, and if the relationship is to be restored the people should be aware of the milestones and changes that were created and amplified by this connection. This tour is designed to reflect on this long and complicated history between Albany and the Hudson River

Locations for Tour

Due to the use of technological advancements in communication and transportation Albany saw itself as a crossroads between the cities of the Northeast and moreover the cities of New York. This position allowed Albany to gain important political…

Right near the river this railroad company served Albany’s need for freight and passenger services. These connections allowed Albany to prosper as a hub of travel, goods, and communication.

In the mid 1800's rail transportation boomed in Albany. Companies like D&H, New York Central, and Mohawk and Hudson Railroad built up the modern rail. Train stations in Albany had connections as close as Schenectady and as far as Buffalo or…

Albany has all but lost its connection to the water. While looking out at the small docks at Jennings Landing imagine the booming Steamboat Square, the glory days of the Albany Yacht Club, or the crowd of thousands lining the banks of the river to…

As discussed at the docks the Hudson River has seen companies thrive and die by its hands. At the height of steamboat travel and the golden age of the Erie Canal the connection that Albany had to its waterfront created booming trade in many…