An ordinary maintenance repair led to a historic discovery in one area of the Capital Region.

The Capital Region has so much history, and in particular, Troy is full of it.  Now?  The history books may be changing a little bit.  The Times Union posted about a historic find in Troy recently, during water pipe maintenance.  A broken water pipe in Troy?  Now, that's not really 'breaking' news since it seems like it happens fairly frequently.  However, a cast-iron water pipe was found, according to the Times Union dating back to 1803.

The 8-inch section of pipe was stamped with the date 1803 and found in Troy between Sage and Eighth Street during maintenance.  If the date is in fact true, this would be the oldest-known use of a cast-iron pipe in the nation, beating out one from Boston.  According to the Times Union verification of the exact date of the pipe is currently in process.  In all the excitement, hopefully the maintenance got completed!