Brooklyn in Kings County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Carroll Street Bridge
New York City Designated Landmark
The Carroll Street Bridge over the Gowanus Canal, built in 1888-89, is one of the oldest bridges in New York City and the oldest known extant American bridge of the “retractile” type. This rare and unusual retractable bridge functions by rolling back horizontally on wheels set on steel rails, thus providing clear passage through the canal channel. The Carroll Street Bridge was designed by engineers of the Brooklyn Department of City Works; the superstructure was constructed by the New Jersey Steel & Iron Company, a subsidiary of the prominent firm of Cooper, Hewitt & Company.
New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation
Erected 1989 by New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture. A significant historical year for this entry is 1889.
Location. 40° 40.699′ N, 73° 59.376′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker is on Carroll Street east of Bond Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brooklyn NY 11231, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this Soldiers and Sailors World War I Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Louis Valentine Jr. Ballfield / Carroll Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Maryland Heroes (approx. half a mile away); Maryland Regiment Burial Site (approx. half a mile away); Old Stone House (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named The Old Stone House (approx. half a mile away); The Battle of Brooklyn (approx. half a mile away); An 18th Century Well (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooklyn.
Regarding Carroll Street Bridge. The bridge is listed in the "AIA (American Institute of Architects) Guide to New York City, Fifth Edition".
Also see . . . Carroll Street Bridge. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on March 5, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
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