Sunday, February 28, 2010

1873 Map of Hudson

Here's the 1873 map that's been mentioned. It does not show the Greenport and Hudson Railroad--the one that went west to east through the South Bay from the river to the quarry--because it was not constructed until the next year--1874.

Since posting the previous map, which I dated c. 1850, I've learned that its exact date is 1854.


  1. Your final January post "How It Began," displays that fascinating picture of the railroad as it had recently been constructed across the South Bay. The date you provided was 1874. May I then conclude from today's post that the official name of that railway was the "Greenport and Hudson Railway"?

    Also, I saw something in my readings about the great financial "panic" of 1873, when many railroads went belly-up. It's interesting that someone here (Atlas Cement?) continued through the panic to complete one the following year.

    T. O'Connor

  2. The picture that I published with the January post "How It Began" shows, according to my reliable sources, the Hudson and Berkshire Railroad, the first one to make its way across the South Bay.

    Cement manufacturing did not come to Hudson until the early 20th century--1904-1905. The company that built the Greenport and Hudson Railroad was the New York Coral and Shell Marble Company.

  3. South Bay is now looking like a major land fill compared to its original design.

  4. Yikes! I confused my own posts! The photograph that accompanies "How It Began" does indeed show the Greenport and Hudson Railroad constructed in 1874. What I was thinking of when I responded before was the engraving of the train chugging along over the water which accompanied an earlier post. That was an image of the Hudson and Berkshire Railroad which was built in 1838.

    My apologies!