TROY, N.Y. (AP) - A new exhibit tells the story of the fire that devastated downtown Troy 150 years ago.
The Times Union of Albany reports that sparks from a train's engine set a wooden bridge over the Hudson River on fire on May 10, 1862. High winds sent burning pieces of the bridge flying into the upstate city, then a growing industrial center a year after the Civil War started.
The blaze spread quickly, fueled by the downtown area's many wooden buildings. When it was over, more than 600 buildings were destroyed and at least eight people were dead.
The city rebounded quickly, and soon resumed churning out products for the Union Army.
The story of Troy's Great Fire is told in a new exhibit opening Thursday at the Rensselaer County Historical Society.