Rotary tour of Burden Iron Works Museum scheduled

screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-5-56-49-pmIf you’re unfamiliar with the former Burden Ironworks in Troy, you’ve missed a major part of America’s industrial history. But, you can remedy the oversight.

The Hudson Shores Rotary Club is iniviting Rotarians from throughout District 7190 members to attend a special tour on Tuesday, November 15, of the Burden Ironworks Museum, beginning at 12:45 p.m. The guide is Michael Barrett, executive director of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway (HMIG) organization.

Please email Ken Rose at rosek@rpi.edu if you plan to attend. Family members and friends are welcome to participate. There is no required fee to attend, but a $10 donation that would go toward support of HMIG is suggested.

Among many items the local iron industry contributed to the growth of the United States: the hull armor for the Union ironclad ship Monitor in the Civil War; the modern horseshoe, made here at the rate of nearly a million a week; the hook-headed railroad spike, now used worldwide; some of the most famous cooking and heating stoves ever made; the modern fire hydrant; the lion’s share of the bells cast in the New World, and some of the valves on the locks of the Panama Canal.

Directions to the museum are available online. If you are coming from the south by crossing the Hudson River on the Route 378 bridge from Menands, turn north to enter Troy. (You will pass a mural showing the Burden Ironworks Waterwheel.) Turn left onto Main Street at the multiway traffic lights by Troy Discount Beverage. Cross the railroad tracks and immediately turn right on E Industrial Parkway. After about a block, the parking lot for the Burden Ironworks Museum will be on the right.


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