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Near Vischer Ferry in Saratoga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Vischer Ferry Bridge

 
 
The Vischer Ferry Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, April 20, 2021
1. The Vischer Ferry Bridge Marker
Inscription.  
The residents of Clifton Park have wanted a bridge across the Mohawk River at Vischer Ferry since the town was formed in 1828. An act incorporating the Vischer's Ferry Bridge Company was passed by the State Legislature on April 19, 1828, granting the company a three-year exclusive right to erect a bridge. Evidently not enough investors could be found, for a bridge was never built.

In February 1900, engineers began taking soundings for the abutments of a proposed toll bridge at Vischer Ferry. The bridge, financed locally, was 790 feet long and cost $31,845. In the spring of 1901, two sections of the bridge were swept away by river ice and as a result, the bridge was raised an additional three feet. Unfortunately the spring floods of 1902 carried the entire bridge away. The Schenectady Gazette reported that a couple courting in a buggy on the bridge made it to safety just as the bridge collapsed into the river.

Once again the residents of Clifton Park petitioned the State Legislature for a new bridge, and bills were introduced every year from 1910 to 1928 for its creation, but none passed. The quest for a
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By Steve Stoessel, April 21, 2021
2. Bottom Photo
Ferry scow at south landing, Vischer Ferry, c. 1910.
The man on the scow may be John Woodin who operated the ferry from 1908 to 1915. The abutments and tollhouse for the 1900 bridge are visible, as is the culvert opening that carries the Stony Creek under the canal.
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bridge at Vischer Ferry finally died about 1934. All that remains of the 1900-1902 bridge are its stone abutments on each side of the Mohawk and pieces of iron occasionally dredged from the River. The ferry resumed operation after the collapse of the bridge and was eventually discontinued in about 1924.

Photo Captions
Top Right: Vischer Ferry Bridge under construction, 1900

Middle Right: The Vischer Ferry toll-bridge across the Mahawk River, looking north, 1901
 
Erected by America’s Byways.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1900.
 
Location. 42° 47.662′ N, 73° 49.876′ W. Marker is near Vischer Ferry, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker is on Ferry Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rexford NY 12148, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hamlet of Vischer Ferry (here, next to this marker); Ferry (here, next to this marker); The Vischer Family (here, next to this marker); Vischer Ferry Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); Amity Reformed Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Ferry Road Bridge & Its Surroundings… A Brief History (approx. half a mile away); Vischer Ferry
The Vischer Ferry Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, April 20, 2021
3. The Vischer Ferry Bridge Marker
(approx. 0.6 miles away); Lock 19 (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vischer Ferry.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 21, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on April 21, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.   2. submitted on April 23, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.   3. submitted on April 21, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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