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Col. Daniel Richards was a visionary developer who set Red Hook on the path to becoming one of the world's major commercial ports. Inspired by the powerful economic effects resulting from the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, Richards moved from...

Temperatures dropped so low in the winter of 1893 that business was frozen to a standstill. Six hundred canal boats, schooners, brigs and barks were locked by ice in Red Hook's Atlantic and Erie Basins. This was less of an inconveni