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

Back on Track

 
 
Back on Track Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 30, 2019
1. Back on Track Marker
Inscription.  In 1992, Walkway Over the Hudson was established to preserve the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge, transform it into a linear park and trailway and provide long-term stewardship. With public and private support, the bridge-to-park rehabilitation project was completed in 2009 and dedicated as a legacy project of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial.

The Ultimate Recycling
Older buildings and structures are renewable assets that offer long-term, cost-effective, and environment-friendly revitalization options. Walkway demonstrates that historic properties can be rejuvenated in new and exciting ways. This spectacular recreational resource enriches the lives of thousands of visitors while contributing to the area's economic development.

A River Reborn
For decades, the Hudson was polluted by sewage and industrial waste. Thanks to the efforts of concerned citizens and the cooperation of local communities, the river is much cleaner today. Many riverfront communities draw their drinking water from the river, and the Hudson has become a popular recreational resource, attracting swimmers, boaters, anglers,
Marker detail: Bridge Rehabilitation work underway,<br>summer 2009 image. Click for full size.
By Dennis Lee, courtesy Harrison & Burrowes Bridge Constructors, Inc.
2. Marker detail: Bridge Rehabilitation work underway,
summer 2009
and sightseers to the magnificent waterway.
 
Erected by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
 
Location. 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. The Great Connector (here, next to this marker); The River that Flows Both Ways (here, next to this marker); Built to Last (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 . . .  Walkway Over the Hudson
Marker detail: Walkway volunteers remove the bridge’s railroad tracks, August 2006 image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Walkway Over the Hudson
3. Marker detail: Walkway volunteers remove the bridge’s railroad tracks, August 2006
. At 212 feet above the Hudson River, this 1.28 mile linear park boasts scenic views north to the Catskills and south to the Hudson Highlands. The Walkway is part of the Hudson Valley Rail Trail Network, and was inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame in 2016. It connects Ulster County's Hudson Valley Rail Trail to the William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail. (Submitted on November 19, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsEnvironmentParks & Recreational AreasWaterways & Vessels
 
Marker detail: Children swimming in the Hudson at Yonkers, June 2008 image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Riverkeeper
4. Marker detail: Children swimming in the Hudson at Yonkers, June 2008
Back on Track Marker • <i>wide view<br>(4th from left of 5 interpretive kiosk panels)</i> image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 30, 2019
5. Back on Track Marker • wide view
(4th 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 36 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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