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Troy, NY

Location, History, Landmarks and more...

Troy is located on the western edge of Rensselaer County and on the eastern bank of the Hudson River. Troy has close ties with the nearby cities of Albany and Schenectady, forming a region popularly called the Capital District.

This area makes up the bulk of the Albany-Schenectady-Troy Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) with a population of 850,957. Troy is home to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Russell Sage College, Hudson Valley Community College and the Emma Willard School, and was the hometown of Uncle Sam.


Some famous and interesting portions of Troy include:
    * Oakwood Cemetery - Located in North Troy, or Lansingburgh, it is the final resting place of many famous Americans; among them, Civil War Major General George Henry Thomas, known as "The Rock of Chickamauga", and Samuel Wilson, better known as Uncle Sam.
    * Forest Park Cemetery - A famed haunted cemetery out Pinewoods Avenue in the nearby town of Brunswick.
    * W.H. Frear Department Store
    * Burden Iron Works
    * Country Club of Troy
    * The Paine Mansion (known as "The Castle") at 49 2nd Street
    * Russell Sage College - liberal arts women's college
* Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Oldest technological institute in the English-speaking world.
* Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center - a state of the art performing arts center on the RPI campus
* Chapel + Cultural Center at Rensselaer - Unique multipurpose performing arts and religious center.
* Hudson Valley Community College - Ranked as one of the Top 100 two-year colleges in the nation by Community College Week in 2004.
* Houston Field House - Hosts various concert events and RPI Hockey.
* Emma Willard School - Oldest secondary school for girls in the United States.
* Frear Park
* Prospect Park
* Troy Savings Bank Music Hall - World renowned for being "an acoustic marvel."
* Washington Street]
* Troy Public Library
* St. Peter's Church
* Kennedy Towers, at 19 stories, is the tallest building in Troy. Part of the Troy Public Housing Authority, the plan originally called for two towers but only one was built. The name still remains towers despite this.

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