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Burden Iron Works
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created by 'Dukes on 4/9/2006 3:35 AM
last modified by homestead on 10/21/2009 9:18 PM
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Steam plant; Iron ore; the plant turned out iron product, while the ore was puddled and formed up river in Wyantskill(old era). In it's current Republic steel configuration, probably used as a typical forge, or possibly smelting WAS done here. Hard to say. Requires some more research.

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Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: its gone
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Troy, New York
United States
Owner: Possibly Laidlaw bus company
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    The history is great; as with most iron/steel plants, lots of goofy organic lines.

    This building is newish (1930's); the exact history will be changed as other info materializes.

    CHevron owned this for a time; they have a dock on the water here.

    A sanitation company is in place on the property, they use the former weigh station.

    Laidlaw has several out of service buses.
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     Historical Dates
    Built: 1850
    Closed: 0
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    Troy's history as an industrial producer made it historically.
    Besides being a major player in the cotton processing biz (the Harmony mills, now being developed into lofts but still extant) there was also the iron industry. This came in the form of the Burden Iron Works. Major history here. Burdens crew made Troy. Hank Burden initially built his puddling furnace in Wyantskill in 1852: at the time the largest water wheel in the world powered his furnace. George Ferris took inspiration from this design and thus came the ferriss wheel. Fuck me, how cool is that!

    Shortly thereafter came the civil war. And Hank responded in spades; the steam plant, where we were, although more than likely not in the same configuration was erected and Burden kicked out something astronomical like a million horseshoes a week. The confederates even plotted to steal the design for said machine.

    AND As usual, all exploring ties together; in my area, Ironville/hammondville, besides being the first place in the country to use electricity in industry (mag separator) they also produced ore of high enough quality to be used in the manufacture of the Union ironclads; fucking eh the irondlcad peices were made right here in Troy NY; from ore mined in a village now deteoriating on IP property;

    history in the making.
    Once again, a kick you in the ass moment.

    Hank didn't stop there; he devised a machine that made rail spikes by the thousands; behind the scenes, Hank Burden helped win the civil war and then he helped to win the west! Awesome.
    You know , while walking around the place I knew something special was going on , had to go off by myself and think ; It couldn't be so simple; with a little research I discover it sure as hell ain't simple; Now I got it straight in my head. This place has significance; big time.
    Beyond Tahawus, no , almost more than tahawus, this place has historical significance that is almost incalculable!
    Troy; first women's union; first engineering school in the country; what a great place.

    Fuck, I learned something today, although I came a way with a hard on for that big ass water wheel which is no longer extant.

    The company offices are now a museum. An old puddling cart is there.
    I'm only part way through research but it would appear that Burden didn't make it through WW2; the famous Republic Steel bought them out in the '40's; (republic was so stable witness lyon mountain/moriah)
    I am GEUSSING that these are not anywhere near close to oringinal structures but then again I saw some steam plant pics from the '20s that looked like what we saw.
    Hard to say. The entirety of the Burden company records is available at the museum.
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    The whole River area in troy is a major historical area. Between this and the Harmony Mill (at one time the largest cotton mill in America) there is some pretty heady history.

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Opheliaism on 10/21/2009 11:18 PM.

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  • on Oct 21 09 at 23:18, Opheliaism validated this location
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