Then & Now

West Point cadets and the sex-and-drug ’60s; IBM, Luckey Platt, and ice harvesters; airports, bridges, and those famous ferries. Join us for a look back at the last 100 years of Valley history


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The Windsor Hotel freezes over after being doused with water during its winter firePhotograph courtesy of Dutchess County Historical Society

Fire and Ice

Then: There have been at least four major hotel fires in Poughkeepsie’s history, but perhaps none was stranger than the 1944 Windsor Hotel blaze, seen here. The firefighters’ unsuccessful efforts to hose down the flames resulted in icicles that covered the entire building. Fortunately, the fire produced no casualties. Two hotels that had previously occupied the same spot as the Windsor were also destroyed by fire — the Eastern House in 1853, and the Gregory House some time later.

Now: The city’s premier hotel in 2008 — the Poughkeepsie Grand — has had better luck than some of its predecessors, having been in business, fire-free, since 1986. Today, the city’s fire station is located only a few hundred feet from the Grand.

Next: Hudson River Ice Harvesting


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