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Hyde Hall Covered Bridge

 
 
Hyde Hall Covered Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, June 10, 2011
1. Hyde Hall Covered Bridge Marker
Inscription.
Built by Andrew Alden, Lorenzo Bates and Cyrenus Clark in 1825, the Hyde Hall Covered Bridge is not only the oldest existing covered bridge in New York State, but in the United States. Restored in 1967 by the State of New York and placed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places in 1998.
 
Erected 2006 by New York State Covered Bridge Society.
 
Location. 42° 47.405′ N, 74° 51.869′ W. Marker is in East Springfield, New York, in Otsego County. Marker is on Glimmerglass State Park Road 0.4 miles north of County Road 31, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cooperstown NY 13326, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hyde Hall (approx. half a mile away); First Church (approx. 3.4 miles away); Camp and Fort (approx. 3.5 miles away); General James Clinton (approx. 3.5 miles away); John Tunnicliff Jr (approx. 4.7 miles away); Colonel Alden Felled (approx. 5.4 miles away); Cherry Valley Massacre (approx. 5.5 miles away); Civil War Monument (approx. 5.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in East Springfield.
 
Regarding Hyde Hall Covered Bridge. The Hyde Hall
Hyde Hall Covered Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, June 10, 2011
2. Hyde Hall Covered Bridge Marker
In the background is the modern bypass, spaning Shadow Brook, which was built in 1965 when New York State developed Glimmerglass State Park.
bridge was reportedly built in 1825 as part of the 1817-1835 construction of George Hyde Clarke's county estate, Hyde Hall, on the northern shore of Otsego Lake near Cooperstown, New York. It is believed to be the oldest extant wooden covered bridge in the United States. Hyde Hall, a National Historic Landmark, is considered the finest example of a neo-Classical country estate in the country. Hyde Hall bridge was built as a vehicular bridge, but was bypassed in 1965 and presently used as a pedestrian bridge. The bridge and surrounding property was acquired by New York State in 1963 and became part of Glimmerglass State Park.

This is a single span, single lane, Burr arch-truss covered wood bridge on stone abutments. The total length of the structure is 53-6" with a clear span of 39'-0". The bridge is framed in the manner patented by Theodore Burr in 1817. It is supported by combination arch and lattice trusses on each side. The sides are covered on the exterior with narrow clapboards and the gable roof is shingled. End walls over the entrances are covered with horizontal boarding, cut to make elliptical headed entrances. The covered bridge was built on the original road to the Hyde Hall mansion. In 2011 the bridge was 186 years old.
 
Also see . . .
1. Hyde Hall Covered Bridge (NY-39-01). New York State Covered
The Hyde Hall Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, June 10, 2011
3. The Hyde Hall Covered Bridge
Southern facing portal, view to the north.
Bridge Society (Submitted on June 12, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.) 

2. Glimmerglass State Park. New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (Submitted on June 23, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
The Hyde Hall Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, June 10, 2011
4. The Hyde Hall Covered Bridge
The Hyde Hall bridge spans the Shadow Brook a short distance upstream from where it flows into Otsego Lake in Glimmerglass State Park.
Hyde Hall Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey, circa 1958
5. Hyde Hall Covered Bridge
Library of Congress [HABS NY,39-SPRIFE,1B-1]
Detail of the Burr arch-truss which supports the bridge. image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey, circa 1958
6. Detail of the Burr arch-truss which supports the bridge.
Library of Congress [HABS NY,39-SPRIFE,1B-2]
Hyde Hall Covered Bridge spans the placid Shadow Brook image. Click for full size.
By Jet Lowe, June 2003
7. Hyde Hall Covered Bridge spans the placid Shadow Brook
Library of Congress, Historic American Engineering Record [HAER NY-330-5]
Hyde Hall Covered Bridge Marker Detail image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, June 10, 2011
8. Hyde Hall Covered Bridge Marker Detail
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 617 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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