The Capital Region has long been at the forefront of New York State's commercial economy and Troy's thriving historic industries spanning two centuries have been part of the equation.
In the 1800s and 1900s Troy textile factories made up to a million detachable collars and cuffs a day. Henry Burden's iron works mass produced horseshoes and hook headed rail spikes. And the Meneely Bell Foundry produced over 65,000 bells that still chime worldwide.
Cooking and heating stoves, fire hydrants,nand surveying instruments were all made in Troy.
Troy was the site of the first all-female labor union and was the first city to consciously use technology to cultivate economic prosperity.
Learn more about Troy's rich industrial heritage at the Burden Iron Works Museum and The Rensselaer County Historical Society, two more places to experience real moments, real life and real stories of New York's Path Through History.