Tour the path of the original Columbia Turnpike. After the revolution, NYC grew rapidly and so did demand for food, grain and livestock. Good news for farmers in Columbia County 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 the Tale of the sights along the Columbia Turnpike in the HEAR and THEN.