Congress Street Bridge across Hudson River
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The Congress Street Bridge

 

The Congress Street Bridge connects Watervliet and Troy across the Hudson River.
Watervliet is in Albany County, New York. It is located in the northern part of Albany, to the east border

of Colonie. Watervliet is also called “Arsenal City”, and is home to a famous eatery called Gus’ Hot Dogs.
In 1609, Henry Hudson arrived in Watervliet. The first settlers came in 1634. The Shakers settled in the region in 1774, and in 1788, the town of Watervliet was founded. The town encompassed the entire county, but left Albany out.


Watervliet city was incorporated in 1896. It is also known as the “mother of towns” because of the numerous other towns that were created from Watervliet. The city on the other end of the Congress Street Bridge is Troy, which is Rensselaer County’s county seat.


Troy lies on the western fringes of Rensselaer County. It has close ties with Schenectady City and Albany City, and the three form a region called the “Capital District”. The city of Troy is home to the Russell Sage College, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Emma Willard School and the Hudson Valley Community College. Troy is also popular for being the hometown of Uncle Sam.