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All About Albany: Fun Facts!

All About Albany: Fun Facts!

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The Empire State Plaza was the idea of Governor Nelson Rockefeller, who was inspired to create the new government complex after Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands visited Albany for a celebration of the area's Dutch history.

American Express was originally founded in Albany as an express mail business.

The New York Central Railroad (NYCRR) was originally headquartered in Albany until 1867 when Cornelius Vanderbilt moved it to NYC.

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A former professor of Albany Academy, Joseph Henry went on to be the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

History of Albany, New York - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

One of the original Mott's plants was located in Voorheesville, NY just outside of Albany

Albany, a fur trading colony was originally known as Beverwjck, a Dutch Colony prior to the English take over in 1664.

The city of Nijmegen, Netherlands connected with Albany following World War II. To show its gratitude for post-war assistance, the city sent Albany 50,000 tulip bulbs in 1948; this act led to the establishment of the annual Tulip Festival.

Gregory Macguire author of Wicked, grew up in Albany, NY and graduated from SUNY Albany.

Albany became the capital of NY in 1797

American statesman, Alexander Hamilton was married in 1780 to Philip Schuyler's daughter Elizabeth at the Schuyler Mansion in Albany

Amazing Albany Facts

Murder at Cherry Hill: In 1827, a handyman at Cherry Hill by the name of Jesse Strang fell in love with Elsie Whipple, a member of the family. Strang shot Elsie's husband, killing him. Strang was convicted and hanged in the last public execution in Albany.

The ferris wheel was invented by George Ferris, a graduate of RPI

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State Bird of NY is the Blue Bird

The State Flower of NY is the Rose

Amazing Albany Facts

NYS Thruway is 559 miles long, the longest toll expressway in the world.

Amazing Albany Facts

What was Washington Park originally the site of the State Street Burial Ground. When Washington Park was designed, approximately 40,000 bodies had to be transferred to the Albany Rural Cemetery in the 1840s.

The state Capitol has 17 steps approaching its western entrance and 77 steps approaching its eastern entrance after the year 1777, when NY replaced its colonial government with the current state government.

In 1848, a woman's bonnet which caught fire in a barn caused 600 homes in the Mansion Hill neighborhood of Albany to burn down

Amazing Albany Facts

The weathervane on the SUNY building, weighing in at around 800 pounds, is the largest working weathervane in North America.

For a period of time, Herman Melville lived in the pink house just off North Pearl Street next to McGeary's

Building began on the current Capitol Building in Albany in 1867 and took over 30 years to complete at a cost of more than $25,000,000

Amazing Albany Facts

Robert Fulton's North River Steamboat was the first successful steamboat that made its run from NYC to Albany in 1807

The Declaration of Independence was read for the first time in NYS at the corner of State and Broadway, in front of the SUNY Plaza.

George Augustus, Lord Howe, killed in 1758 in an attack on Ticonderoga during the French and Indian War is buried in the front vestibule at St. Peter's Church

Albany, NY was named after the Duke of York's Scottish title the Duke of Albany.