After the American Revolution, NYC grew rapidly and so did demand for food, grain and livestock. Good news for farmers in Columbia Cnty NY and Berkshire MA. Problem was getting goods to the Hudson for trip downriver. In 1799 NY legislature authorized creation of Columbia Turnpike from City of Hudson to MA line. Chris Atkins Tells a Tale of the path of the Turnpike including interesting places along the way in the HEAR and THEN.