Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Great Connector
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. 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 (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 & Viaducts • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • War, World I •
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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.