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

Mid-Hudson Bridge

400 Years of History

 
 
Mid-Hudson Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 30, 2019
1. Mid-Hudson Bridge Marker
Inscription.  When built, the Mid-Hudson Bridge was the only vehicular bridge crossing the Hudson between Albany and Bear Mountain. In 1933, over 394,000 cars and trucks used the bridge.

Background photo courtesy New York State Bridge Authority.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts. A significant historical year for this entry is 1933.
 
Location. 41° 42.631′ N, 73° 56.117′ W. Marker is in Poughkeepsie, New York, in Dutchess County. Marker can be reached from Parker Avenue (New York State Route 9G) ¼ mile east of Washington Street (New York State Route 9G), on the left when traveling east. Marker is mounted at knee-level on the south railing of the old Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge, about 1/2 mile west of the Parker Avenue parking lot for Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 49 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. Catskill Mountains (within shouting distance of this marker); Steamboat & Ferry Landing (within shouting distance of this marker); Poughkeepsie's Little Italy
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Intercollegiate Rowing Association (within shouting distance of this marker); North River Steamboat of Clermont (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Named for Englishman Henry Hudson (about 400 feet away); The Poughkeepsie Whaling Company (about 500 feet away); Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge: Eastern Overland Approach (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Poughkeepsie.
 
Also see . . .  Mid-Hudson Bridge (Wikipedia). At opening, it was the sixth-longest suspension bridge in the world. The chief engineer was Polish immigrant Ralph Modjeski, who had previously engineered the strengthening of the nearby Poughkeepsie Railroad bridge. Primary contractor was the American Bridge Company of Ambridge, Pennsylvania with steel from Carnegie. The span is unusual in that stiffening trusses were intentionally constructed on top of, not below, the deck. (Submitted on February 5, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Mid-Hudson Bridge Marker • <i>wide view<br>(Mid-Hudson Bridge towers visible in background)</i> image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 30, 2019
2. Mid-Hudson Bridge Marker • wide view
(Mid-Hudson Bridge towers visible in background)
Mid-Hudson Bridge & Hudson River (<i>view southwest from near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 30, 2019
3. Mid-Hudson Bridge & Hudson River (view southwest from near marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 31, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 5, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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