Poughkeepsie, 1898-1998: A Century of Change

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One hundred years ago, the city of Poughkeepsie wasa bustling marketplace for the mid-Hudson Valley,while the town of Poughkeepsie was essentially rural and substantially smaller than the city. Two world wars and the arrival of IBM reversed the roles, at least in part. The town grew larger than the city and soon became the center of retail business for the county. Four- and six-lane highways replacedtrolleys and trains. The city, however, remained the center of county government. Poughkeepsie 1898–1998: A Century of Change explores not only how South Road became the new main street but also the whole history of Poughkeepsie, from the end of the nineteenth century to the present. Moving through this time period were incoming waves of Irish, Jewish, Italian, Polish, Greek, and Mexican immigrants. The railroads flourished and foundered, and civic, cultural, and social organizations grew.
ISBN: 9780738502366
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New York
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Authors Joyce C. Ghee and Joan Spence have gathered some 200 photographs from the collections of the Dutchess County Historical Society, the Local History Room of Adriance Memorial Library, and other generous individuals and institutions. This collaborative effort emphasizes the important role that historical collections play in preserving photographs and information about the everyday life of ordinary people.
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