From its origins as a fur trading post before the Revolution to its transformation into New York’s capital and the hub of transportation networks, Albany County became one of the earliest and greatest industrial centers of America. It produced massive amounts of stoves, knit goods, beer, and weaponry to be exported around the world. In addition, Albany County was home to one of America’s largest lumber districts, stock yards, railroad facilities, piano makers, ornamental iron foundries, toy companies, and many more. Albany’s little-known industrial era, which has largely faded into history, is contained in this one well-illustrated volume for the first time.
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About the Author
Timothy Starr has spent his professional career as a business officer, but took an interest in local history upon moving to Saratoga County. In his spare time, he has authored fifteen local history books, concentrating mainly upon Capital Region inventions, industries, and railroads, and wrote dozens of articles for local magazines and newspapers.