Rensselaer, New York (Images of America Series)

Rensselaer, New York (Images of America Series)

by Charles Semowich, PhD

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Rensselaer, New York (Images of America Series) by Charles Semowich, PhD


Settled in 1630, Rensselaer's rich industrial heritage dates back to 1632, when a local gristmill became the first industrial site of the 13 colonies. Incorporated in 1815, the town was originally called Greenbush due to the numerous pine trees. East Albany was also part of the village and soon became an important center of railroad activity. The village continued to grow, and in 1897 became the City of Rensselaer, named after Kiliaen Van Rensselaer. The city is also often referred to as the "Home of Yankee Doodle" as several verses of the famous song were written here. The city's location on the Hudson River drew many industries, including shipping, chemical production, ice harvesting, and dye and felt making. The Bayer Company also opened America's first factory to manufacture aspirin in Rensselaer. Toward the end of the 20th century, most manufacturing come to a close, and some old buildings became offices for New York State government. At the same time, new industry arrived, and the city continued to function as a rail center as well as a bedroom community for the state capital. As the city's growth continued, it was supported by important institutions such as fire companies and schools. Today, Rensselaer continues to thrive as its historic charm draws visitors and residents alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738591704
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 07/22/2013
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,207,883
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author


Charles Semowich, PhD, is the historian for the City of Rensselaer. He has drawn upon the archives of the Rensselaer City History Center, the City of Rensselaer Historical Society, and other sources to showcase the wide range of history and activity within the city.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 The Hudson River 11

2 Rensselaer's Schools 25

3 Fires and Firehouses 33

4 Streets, Landscapes, and Buildings 45

5 The Roundhouse 83

6 Businesses and Industries 93

7 People 113

Bibliography 127

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