The mysterious Albany Bagel has followed up the excellent 1877 map overlay of downtown Albany with an overlay of North Albany -- this time, with an 1857 map of what was then called the lumber district.
One of the things that jumps out right away on the old map: the gardens around the Van Rensselaer Mansion. From ABC:
It's interesting to see the Van Rensselaer Mansion and its large gardens immediately surrounded by the canal, railroads, and the growing industrial center. According to the Albany Institute site, the family moved out of the house around 1875 and the building was dismantled in 1893 by none other than Marcus T. Reynolds.
Bonus: there are also a few photos.
Earlier: Old Albany on top of new
image: Albany Bagel Co / Google Maps
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