A city of the eastern bank of the Hudson River in Upstate NY. It was first settled by the Dutch in the 1600's. A local butcher and meat-packer named Samuel Wilson supplied the military, and, according to an unprovable legend, barrels stamped "U.S." were jokingly taken by the troops to stand for "Uncle Sam" meaning Wilson. Troy has since claimed to be the historical home of Uncle Sam. During the 19th and early 20th centuries Troy was not only one of the most prosperous cities in the state but one of the most in the country. It was an epicenter for the steel industry and trading along the Hudson. Despite Troy's early success it is now a city in a state of delapidation. Now it is home to welfare recipients, criminals, and few from its hardworking past. Another industrial city that bit the dust!