National Geographic : 1956 Nov
585 B. Anthony Stewart (above) and Robert F. Sisson, National Geographic Staff State Street, Albany's Great White Way, Climbs to the State Capitol Dutch merchants in 1614 built a trading post near this spot. Settlers arrived a decade later, and the State government moved here in 1797. During the westward migrations of the 1790's, hundreds of wagons a day creaked up State Street. Robert Fulton's pioneer steamship, the Clermont, paddled up the Hudson to Albany in 1807. The granite capitol covers three acres; lights of the 34-story State Office Building glow behind it.