Troy is one of the most historic cities in the United States.
Originally the home of the Mohican tribe, the area was settled by the Dutch in the early eighteenth century and the city itself was founded by the Vanderheyden family in 1787.
Troy holds claim to being the birthplace of America's Industrial Revolution, and a major manufacturer of iron products during the 1800s. Troy has earned some distinctive titles in its 230 years of existence, and was referred to as "The Home of Uncle Sam," and "The Collar City."
In his latest book, Troy Through Time, local historian Don Rittner looks at the city's rich heritage and with informative captions provides comparative then and now photographs showing the dramatic changes the city has gone through—especially during the past century.
Due to the confluence of major waterways and the accompanying water power, industry favored Troy making it one of the wealthiest cities in the United State and the end of the nineteenth century.
Troy, therefore, is noted for a wealth of Victorian architecture downtown and elaborate private homes in various neighborhoods. As industries have come and gone and as the street scenes have changed,
Rittner takes the reader on a fascinating journey through time, showing how the impact of human activity to this riverside community.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Don Rittner is a historian, archeologist, environmental activist, educator, and author living in the Capital District, Schenectady County. He is the former Schenectady County Historian, responsible for providing guidance and support to municipal historians and serving as a conduit between the State Historian in Albany and the local historians in their counties. He is the author of more than 35 books on history, natural history, and other subjects.
Publisher: America Through Time
State: New York
Series: America Through Time
Images: 184 Color
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)