AMSTERDAM — An effort is underway in Amsterdam to incorporate the city’s rich manufacturing heritage — embodied in abandoned yet grand industrial ruins — into the region’s network of historic trails along the Mohawk River and Erie Canal.
The centerpiece of the effort is a plan to incorporate the Mohasco Powerhouse, a 102-year-old abandoned power-generating facility, into a currently informal historical walking path known as the North Chuctanunda Creek Trail.
The powerhouse is one of about a dozen points of interest that dot the 4-mile trail running from Riverfront Park to Shuttleworth Park. City officials hope to formalize the trail, with help from a pair of grants totaling $16,000, and incorporate the powerhouse as one of the main attractions.
The overarching goal is to eventually link the creek trail to the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook bridge and Erie Canalway Trail.
One of the trail’s key features is that it passes through the powerhouse, which provided coal-fired steam to the carpet mills that formed the backbone of Amsterdam’s industrial heritage.
The powerhouse these days is an intriguing ruin. While the 200-foot smokestack was removed in 2006 because of instability, the solidly built three-story structure is still an imposing presence straddling the North Chuctanunda Creek in a small vale adjacent to Forest Avenue.
The trail traverses a footbridge over the creek that was built into the powerhouse, which today is owned by the city’s Industrial Development Agency.
Last week, city officials, along with members of the Preservation League of New York State,…
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