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Original King's Bridge

 
 
Original King's Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 2, 2021
1. Original King's Bridge Marker
Inscription.  
Northwest of this tablet
within a distance of 600 feet stood the
Original King's Bridge
and its successors from 1693 until 1913
when Spuyten Duyvil creek was filled up.
Over it marched the troops of both armies
during the American Revolution and its
possession controlled the land approach
to New York City.
Gen. George Washington
"rested at King's Bridge" on the night
of June 26-27, 1775, while en route
from Philadelphia to Cambridge to
assume command of the Continental Army.

This tablet was erected
by the Empire State Society
Sons of the American Revolution
June 27, 1914

Replaced September 24, 1932

Replaced near original location by
Kingsbridge Historical Society
June 25,1955

 
Erected 1914 by Sons of the American Revolution, Empire State Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsWar, US Revolutionary.

Original King's Bridge Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 2, 2021
2. Original King's Bridge Marker - wide view
The marker is visible here about 7 feet off the ground, between the two windows mid-building.
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In addition, it is included in the George Washington Slept Here, and the Sons of the American Revolution series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is June 26, 1775.
 
Location. 40° 52.604′ N, 73° 54.442′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in Bronx County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway and West 230th Street, on the right when traveling west on Broadway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 210 West 230th Street, Bronx NY 10463, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Wading Place / Kings Bridge / Fort Prince Charles (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Number Four (approx. half a mile away); Fort Independence Park (approx. 0.7 miles away); Shorakkopoch (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Hessian Military Hut (approx. one mile away); Dyckman Farmhouse Museum (approx. one mile away); Algernon Sydney Sullivan (approx. 1.1 miles away); Memorial Grove (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
More about this marker. Although the marker has a West 230th Street address, the marker is mounted to a building with the marker side of the building facing Broadway.
 
Also see . . .  King’s Bridge, Bronx (Hidden Waters Blog, Aug. 1, 2018). Extended blogpost offering an historical exploration of the bridges and adjacent surroundings in the Kingsbridge/Marble Hill area. (Submitted on May 7, 2021.) 
 
King's Bridge over Spuyten Duyvil Creek image. Click for full size.
courtesy of the Kingsbridge Historical Society, circa 1906
3. King's Bridge over Spuyten Duyvil Creek
Note that the creek was filled in by 1913, thus joining (a remnant of) Manhattan to the Bronx. Note the building in the background with the tower (just to the left of the road) is St. Stephens United Methodist Church, which is still extant and currently also bears a historical marker commemorating the King's Bridge.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 7, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 7, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.

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