What Did Downtown Poughkeepsie Look Like in the 1900s?
It's probably an understatement, but downtowns have sure changed over the years. In the past 20 years, there has been a rebirth of a ton of community hubs in the nation and right here in the Hudson Valley.
Take a city like Middletown. Its downtown has been slowly coming back. Some cities have never really lost their hubs. Poughkeepsie has seen its ups and downs in the downtown area but has somewhat stood the test of time.
What was Downtown Poughkeepsie like in the early 1900s?
A video done by POKLITfilms, using footage of downtown Poughkeepsie shot in 1912 to 1917, shows what it was like during that period. Poughkeepsie Artists Dick Crenson and Franc Palaia provided the footage, and all clips were gathered from the collection at the Hyde Park Presidential Library.
Take a look at a few things from this video. Notice the Buick car dealership--Buick Company, actually. You'll also see the Dutchess Theater, where you can see a ton of people would visit.