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Troy - Waterford Bridge

 
 
Troy Waterford Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, May 5, 2008
1. Troy Waterford Bridge Marker
Inscription. Formerly called the Union Bridge, the original connection between Troy and Waterford was a covered timber toll bridge.

The Union Bridge was built in 1804 and was the first bridge crossing the Hudson River north of New York Harbor. The timber covered structure was destroyed in a fire on July 10, 1909. The original stone piers of the Union Bridge are encased in the concrete piers that support the existing Troy - Waterford Bridge.

A model of the timber framing was constructed to test the load bearing capacity of the original covered bridge. This model and the original toll house sign are on display at the Waterford Museum.
 
Erected by Hudson River Improvement Fund, the Village of Waterford, J. Bert Mahoney, Mayor, & Merle H. Doud, Historian.
 
Location. 42° 47.364′ N, 73° 40.539′ W. Marker is in Waterford, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker is on Broad Street (New York State Route 4), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. This marker is one part of a three-sided kiosk in the Waterford Village park at the bridge in Waterford. Marker is in this post office area: Waterford NY 12188, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gen. Henry Knox Trail (within
Troy - Waterford Bridge Marker & Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, May 5, 2008
2. Troy - Waterford Bridge Marker & Bridge
This marker is in the Waterford Village Park, which is located on the north side of Route 4. The view is to the east toward the Troy - Waterford Bridge and across the Hudson River toward Troy.
shouting distance of this marker); Waterford Bridges (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Waterford Station (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lock 2 Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Flight of Five Locks (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Matton Shipyard (approx. 0.8 miles away); Herman Melville (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Waterford.
 
Also see . . .  The Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center. (Submitted on September 22, 2013, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
 
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Troy - Waterford Bridge Marker Detail image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 11, 2013
3. Troy - Waterford Bridge Marker Detail
The 1804 Wooden Covered Union Bridge at Waterford
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 11, 2013
4. Troy - Waterford Bridge Marker Detail
The photo postcard above from the collection of the Waterford Museum illustrates the original toll house that existed on the Knickerbocker Park site.
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 11, 2013
5. Troy - Waterford Bridge Marker Detail
The photograph above is from a local newspaper showing the interior structure of the bridge. The prominent arching beams represent a significant engineering achievement. The design was tested using the model on display at the Waterford Museum.
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 11, 2013
6. Troy - Waterford Bridge Marker Detail
A Landmark Lost: On July 10, 1909 a fire ravaged the bridge as onlookers watched helplessly from boats on the Hudson River.
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 11, 2013
7. Troy - Waterford Bridge Marker Detail
Union Bridge Fire - July 10, 1909:After a half hour's burning three of the four bridge spans dropped into the river and with them six members of the volunteer fire department. They were rescued with difficulty and escaped injury.
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 11, 2013
8. Troy - Waterford Bridge Marker Detail
A trolley crosses the steel truss structure of the replacement Troy - Waterford Bridge circa 1920. This bridge has changed little from what exits here today.
Troy - Waterford Bridge in 2013 image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous
9. Troy - Waterford Bridge in 2013
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 369 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on , by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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