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The Albany & Hudson & Kinderhook & Greenbush Railway Gas Electric Bridge Company

Remember when street railways also owned hydropower dams and provided electricity and gas service? Yeah, we never heard of that before, either. But turns out it happened, at least with one local streetcar company. To get to the formation of the Albany and Hudson Railway and Power Company, which was incorporated in 1899 under the …

The Bayer Factory

Again from the Fairchild Aerial Surveys collection of the New York State Archives. This time, a 1946 view of what is described as the Bayer Aspirin Factory, Riverside Avenue, Rensselaer. But what we’re actually looking at may be a little more complicated than that. A paper by Leander Ricard, posted at ColorantsHistory.org, gives the history …