Maggie/New Maloney Boy more likely to live in Albany?

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Hello everyone,

Merry Christmas Eve! I was just looking through my WikiTree info and decided to see how far apart Hornell, Albany, and New York City are to determine how the stay of the Weldons with Maggie and her husband and/or the new Maloney brother went. Now that I think about it, it doesn't make sense from what I know for the Weldons to go to Albany without family there but then again, I just never heard of Albany being a destination spot ever. Not like Cleveland, Ohio that used to be one or New York City pretty much always being one, anyway.

 

Regardless, Hornell is about 260 miles from Albany (3-4 hour drive) and New York City is 150 miles (3 hours) away from Albany. Also between Hornell and New York City there is about 300 miles (5 hours) so it seems like a straighter shot to just go to New York. My guess then is that Albany is the city to look into unless my presentism is getting in the way.

 

Any thoughts on this one?

 

Mike
WikiTree profile: Maggie Maloney
in Genealogy Help by Michael Hruska G2G6 Mach 5 (51.1k points)
Michael, I'm just guessing ...

It makes perfect sense to me that, even today, someone planning a trip from New York City to Hornell would choose a route that first goes north to Albany and makes a left turn to go west from there.  That is the route of the New York State Thruway - it will cost you a fortune in tolls plus the extra gas for those extra miles, but it will save you a lot of time and avoid a lot of poorly maintained back roads through the Catskill mountains.  I'm sure that when the planners of the thruway put it where it is, they concluded that it was the best path to follow.

I am clueless about what the geography was like in Maggie Maloney's time, but I strongly suspect that a straight line route would have been through vast stretches of unpopulated areas and perhaps, because of the mountains, completely un-navigable.  The route between Albany (the state capitol) and New York City (the most populous area of the state) would have been well traveled even back then, plus there would have been many towns along that route.

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