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

The Great Connector

 
 
The Great Connector Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 30, 2019
1. The Great Connector Marker
Inscription.  When the bridge opened, it was connected to an extensive, nationwide railway network. The bridge provided a direct route for transporting raw materials, such as coal from Pennsylvania and grain from the Midwest, across the Hudson to the Northeast, where most of the nation's manufacturing was concentrated. Trains also carried lumber, beef, produce, and passengers.

During World War II, hundreds of troop and supply trains crossed the bridge, sometimes at a rate of one per hour, headed east to New England Ports. Troops and supplies were then deployed overseas. Train volumes exceeded 3500 cars a day during this time.

Throughout the 20th century increased trucking, reduced manufacturing, and the development of the interstate highway system hurt American railroads. When a fire broke out on the Poughkeepsie side of the bridge on May 8, 1974, train traffic had already declined dramatically. The fire damaged the bridge, and by the 1980s it was abandoned and sold to a private owner.
 
Erected by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
 
Location.
Marker detail: First train on the bridge during an informal test trip, December 29, 1888 image. Click for full size.
B.L. Rudberg Collection
2. Marker detail: First train on the bridge during an informal test trip, December 29, 1888
41° 42.689′ N, 73° 55.628′ 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 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. Back on Track (here, next to this marker); Built to Last (here, next to this marker); The River that Flows Both Ways (here, next to this marker); Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park (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. Development of Industryand Transportation in the Hudson River Valley. The history of the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge spans a large part of the economic development of the Hudson River Valley, as it served as a focal point
Marker detail: A long freight train heads west across the bridge (<i>undated</i>) image. Click for full size.
Collection of William Kimbar
3. Marker detail: A long freight train heads west across the bridge (undated)
for economic development and strengthened railway-centered commerce by providing an east-west route across the Hudson River. (Submitted on November 19, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. The fire that changed the Hudson Valley: Poughkeepsie railroad bridge blaze. For hours on that day, pieces of burned wooden planks, and metal plates almost a foot long, cascaded off the bridge to property below, including Route 9. Embers from the bridge caused dozens of small fires at nearby homes and yards. (Submitted on November 19, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsIndustry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsWar, World I
 
Marker detail: 1974 Fire image. Click for full size.
B.L. Rudberg Collection
4. Marker detail: 1974 Fire
Firefighters had a difficult time battling the 1974 blaze because the bridge approach in Poughkeepsie was destroyed and water had to be brought over from the west end.
The Great Connector Marker  <i>wide view<br>(3rd from left of 5 interpretive kiosk panels)</i> image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 30, 2019
5. The Great Connector Marker wide view
(3rd 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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