City to Sell Historic Steam Powered Generator to Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway Museum

City to Sell Historic Steam Powered Generator to Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway Museum

For Immediate Release
April 21, 2021

Mayor: City to Sell Historic Steam Powered Generator to Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway Museum

TROY, NY – Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the City of Troy will sell a non-functional steam powered generator – a remnant of the City’s nineteenth century industrial heritage – to the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway Museum for $1.00 to support the museum’s educational mission. The approximately 80,000-pound generator, currently located at the former Scolite industrial site along the Hudson River near the Poestenkill Creek, will be relocated to the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway property in South Troy for permanent display.

Mayor Madden said, “From our early days as ancestral home of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans, our rapid growth and success in steel and iron manufacturing leading up to and during the Industrial Revolution, and our connection to the historic Hudson River and Erie Canal waterways, the City of Troy has a rich history worth celebrating. In keeping with the traditions of historic preservation which continues to shape our City’s future, we’re excited to transfer ownership of this important historical artifact to the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway for permanent exhibition. Thank you to Executive DirectorMichael P. Barrett and the Gateway’s Board of Trustees for their efforts to conserve this piece of Troy’s industrial past for the enjoyment of future generations.”

Michael P. Barrett, Executive Director of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway said, “The mission of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway is to celebrate and commemorate the industrial heritage of Troy and the Capital District. With the support of a very generous private donor and in partnership with the City of Troy, we’re excited to add this valuable artifact to our collection. We consider the steam generator to be well worth the expense of saving, and look forward to exhibiting it to our residents and to our industrial heritage visitors, who contribute greatly to the current economic vitality of the Collar City.”

The Gateway approached the City several years ago to acquire the generator to exhibit it on the grounds of the Burden Museum in furtherance of its educational mission. The generator was manufactured by General Electric Company in Schenectady during the very early years of the 20th century and was likely installed at its present location by the Troy and Albany Iron & Steel Company (as successor to the Rensselaer Iron Company) to power its facilities in Troy, which produced thousands of miles worth of Bessemer steel railroad rails in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Thereafter, the Ludlow Valve Company used the generator to produce valves for international water and gas systems continuing into the 1960s. The artifact is one of the very last remnants of the Scolite industrial site.

For more information on the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway, please visit https://hudsonmohawkgateway.org/

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About the City of Troy:

Incorporated in 1816, the City of Troy is the seat of Rensselaer County government and the county’s largest municipality by population. Situated on the eastern bank of the Hudson River, the City boasts seven miles of waterfront, a largely-preserved historic downtown, diverse neighborhoods, and several major colleges and universities. Troy’s history as the nation’s largest manufacturer of detachable cuffs and collars earned the City’s nickname “the Collar City.” A former steel & iron manufacturing powerhouse of the 19th and early 20th century, the City is now home to a growing hub of tech, game development, restaurants, and retail.

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