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Burden Iron Works Museum, Troy

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The Burden Iron Works was an iron works and industrial complex on the Hudson River and Wynantskill Creek in Troy, New York. It once housed the Burden Water Wheel, the most powerful vertical water wheel in history. The complex was built by Henry Burden, an engineer and businessman who built an industrial complex in Troy, New York called the Burden Iron Works. It is widely believed that George Washington Gale Ferris Jr., inventor of the Ferris wheel, had occasion to observe the wheel while a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

The Burden Iron Works Museum is located in Troy, New York. It was an iron works and industrial complex on the Hudson River and Wynantskill Creek. The museum displays a wide array of industrial products created in Troy and exhibits about the industrial impact of the area. The museum is operated by the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway. The former office of the Burden Iron Works houses an exhibit on Greater Troy's industrial history. Constructed 1881, the distinguished brick Romanesque Revival building contains examples of objects manufactured in the city throughout the 19th century.

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1 East Industrial Parkway
Troy, NY 12180