Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Poughkeepsie's Little Italy
400 Years of History
Background photo courtesy of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1896.
Location. 41° 42.631′ N, 73° 56.158′ 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. Steamboat & Ferry Landing (a few steps from this marker); North River Steamboat of ClermontCatskill Mountains (within shouting distance of this marker); Mid-Hudson Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); The Poughkeepsie Whaling Company (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Intercollegiate Rowing Association (about 400 feet away); Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge: Eastern Overland Approach (about 400 feet away); Named for Englishman Henry Hudson (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Poughkeepsie.
More about this marker. Originally built in 1889, today the repurposed Poughkeepsie Highland Railroad Bridge carries a scenic pedestrian walkway over the Hudson River.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Poughkeepsie's Little Italy
Also see . . . Little Italy • Walkway Over the Hudson. The Italians, great builders of America’s rapidly expanding infrastructure, arrived in the late 1800s in time to construct the great railway bridge. Settling close to work, they also built churches, schools and, at Pelton’s Mansion, the first daycare center for immigrant children – all seeds of the tight-knit community that exists today. (Submitted on February 5, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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 67 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 5, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.