Burden Iron Works Museum Burden Iron Works Museum

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1 E Industrial Parkway Foot of Polk Street Troy, NY 12180

Hours: Guided tours by appointment only. Notes: Email: carroll@rpi.edu

Phone: 518-274-5267


Historical Description:

“Troy's most famous inventor. Burden was an inventive genius. He built an industrial complex in South Troy that featured the most powerful water wheel in the world. Burden's horseshoe machine, capable of making sixty horseshoes a minute, was a technological wonder. His rotary concentric squeezer, a machine for working wrought iron, was adopted by iron industries world wide. His hook-headed spike machine helped fuel the rapid expansion of railroads in the U.S. Henry Burden realized that Troy's strategic location as a hub of rail and water transportation networks made it possible to produce and ship an enormous quantity of finished goods-fifty one million horseshoes per year, for instance.”


The Site:

The museum is operated by the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway, which also maintains downtown

Troy-s RiverSpark Visitor Center (where there are additional exhibits about the city's history) and sponsors a regular series of tours, the most popular of which focuses on Troy's large concentration of Tiffany windows



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