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Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Built to Last

 
 
Built to Last Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 30, 2019
1. Built to Last Marker
Inscription.  Conceived in the 1860s, the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge created the only Hudson River crossing between New York City and Albany. Political and financial difficulties prevented the project from getting underway for several years. In 1886, the Manhattan Bridge Company was organized to fund the project and the Union Bridge Company was hired to construct it. The great iron and steel structure was completed in less than three years at a cost of over $3.5 million and was engineered to withstand gale force winds and the constant motion of the tidal river.
 
Erected by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
 
Location. 41° 42.69′ N, 73° 55.627′ W. Marker is in Poughkeepsie, New York, in Dutchess County. Marker can be reached from Parker Avenue (New York State Route 9G) 0.2 miles east of Washington Street (New York State Route 9G), on the left when traveling east. Marker is located near the east end of the bridge trail in Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park. Touch for map. Marker
Marker detail: Nearing completion, August 28, 1888 image. Click for full size.
B.L. Rudberg Collection
2. Marker detail: Nearing completion, August 28, 1888
Poughkeepsie’s waterfront docks and warehouses were used to receive and store the project’s construction materials.
is at or near this postal address: 61 Parker Avenue, Poughkeepsie NY 12601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Great Connector (here, next to this marker); Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park (here, next to this marker); Back on Track (here, next to this marker); The River that Flows Both Ways (here, next to this marker); General Casimir Pulaski (approx. 0.2 miles away); United States Post Office Poughkeepsie New York (approx. 0.3 miles away); City Downtown (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cristoforo Colombo (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Poughkeepsie.
 
More about this marker. There is an identical marker located 1.5 miles west, at the west end of the bridge trail, in Highland, Ulster County, New York.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge
 
Also see . . .
1. Poughkeepsie-Highland Bridge. The bridge opened for railroad traffic in 1889 and at the time had the longest simple span, 525 ft., truss as well as the longest cantilever span 548 ft. in the United States. The false work required on the mid river anchor spans was the highest undertaken at that time. With the track level 212 ft. above the river along with a deep river and soft river bottom the height of false work from pile tip to working level was 340 ft. With a total length of 6,767 ft., it was for a short time the longest bridge
Marker detail: John F. O’Rourke, 1910 image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Library of Congress
3. Marker detail: John F. O’Rourke, 1910
The chief engineer who was directly in charge of building the bridge.
in the world. (Submitted on November 19, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. The Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge. During World War II the bridge was painted black to make it less visible in the event of an attack. Painting continued until the 1960’s. The high quality of the steel used in the original construction does not need to be painted. Metal experts during reconstruction stated that the absence of paint in fact helped keep the steel in the good condition it is in today. (Submitted on November 19, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsMan-Made Features
 
Marker detail: Bridge diagram image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: Bridge diagram
The bridge's total length, including overland approaches is 6.768 feet (1.28 miles). Its length over the water is 3,094 feet (0.59 miles). The bridge is 212 feet above the river's surface.
Built to Last Marker • <i>wide view<br>(2nd from left of 5 interpretive kiosk panels)</i> image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 30, 2019
5. Built to Last Marker • wide view
(2nd from left of 5 interpretive kiosk panels)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 19, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 19, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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