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Buskirk's Red Covered Bridge

 
 
Buskirk's Red Covered Bridge Marker - Near Buskirk, New York image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, November 21, 2008
1. Buskirk's Red Covered Bridge Marker - Near Buskirk, New York
Inscription.
Buskirk's Red
Covered Bridge

Rehabilitated in 2004.Built
Circa 1850 to Replace A
Previous Bridge Built in 1804.
This Crossing Served The
Great Northern Turnpike
Beginning In 1799.

 
Erected 2004.
 
Location. 42° 57.509′ N, 73° 26.009′ W. Marker is near Buskirk, New York, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Buskirk Road (County Route 59) and Firehouse Road (County Route 103), on the right when traveling east on Buskirk Road. Touch for map. Marker is at the north end of the bridge in Washington County. The Bridge carries county route 103, Fire House Road, across the Hoosick River. (Some maps label this road as West Hoosick Road, or Buskirk West Hoosick Road.). Marker is in this post office area: Buskirk NY 12028, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of British Encampment (approx. 2.9 miles away); Site of Skirmish (approx. 3 miles away); Homestead of Grandma Moses (approx. 3.1 miles away); Whiteside Church (approx. 3.3 miles away); Checkered House
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, November 21, 2008
2. Buskirk's Red Covered Bridge Marker
(approx. 3.3 miles away); Old Turnpike (approx. 4.6 miles away); Battle of Bennington (approx. 4.7 miles away); First Church in Cambridge Patent (approx. 4.7 miles away).
 
Regarding Buskirk's Red Covered Bridge. The Buskirk Covered Bridge is a 164 foot long single-span, one-lane, Howe-truss wooden covered bridge crossing the Hoosick River between the hamlet of Buskirk (Formerly Buskirk Bridge) in the Rensselaer County Town of Hoosick on the south side of the Hoosick River, and the Washington County Town of White Creek on the north bank of the river. Though some sources state the bridge was build as late as 1880, the historic marker claims a build date of circa 1850. The New York State Covered Bridge Society states the "Buskirk Bridge was originally constructed in 1857 by Peter O. Osterhauth, Charles Newman and James B. Roberts (Primary firm) & Charles F. Ingalls (sub-contractor)." It has a 14-panel, patented, Howe-truss structure consisting of timber diagonals with vertical iron rods.

In the 1800s the Great Northern Turnpike extended from Lansingburg (now part of Troy, NY) to Rutland, Vermont. It crossed the Hoosick River at Buskirk, then known as Tioshoke, and proceeded north. Built to replace an earlier Burr arch truss
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, November 21, 2008
3. Buskirk's Red Covered Bridge Marker
bridge, the Buskirk Bridge is one of 29 historic covered bridges in New York State, and it is also one of four in Washington County (the other three being the Eagleville, Shushan, and Rexleigh bridges). It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 8, 1978. For nostalgia there is a warning painted on the portal under the title “Buskirks Bridge”; "25 Dollars Fine for Driving on this Bridge Faster than a Walk." Over the years, the bridge has been raised several times to reduce its susceptibility to destruction by flood waters. The bridge was nearly lost in the 1970s when a flood lifted it off its abutments

On August 14, 2002 the Buskirk Covered Bridge was closed to traffic after a severe structural defect was discovered in one of the beams that supports the bridge during a routine annual inspection of the bridge. Washington County engineers decided to close the bridge until repairs could be made. In November of 2003 a construction contract, let for just under $1.8 M, was awarded to Alpine Construction of Stillwater, N.Y. Work on the bridge began in March of 2004. Due to construction delays and additional inspections the cost of the reconstruction of the historic bridge was over $2.5 M, nearly twice the original estimate of $1.3 M. Opening of the bridge, initially planned for March of 2005, was postponed until April of 2005. During the rehabilitation
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By MicroSoft Virtual Earth "Bird's Eye View" - Buskirk, NY
4. Buskirk's Red Covered Bridge Marker Location
The text on the photo indicates the location of the marker at the north end of the bridge.
work various portions of the native spruce timber chords were either reinforced or replaced; the floor beams were reinforced; the roof system has been replaced; and the wood decking has been replaced. The bridge is now rated for 12 tons with a 10 foot clearance.

The Buskirk Covered Bridge has been assigned "World Guide Numbers" 32-42-02 and 32-58-04 by the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges.
 
Also see . . .  Bridge re-construction photos and an account of the Buskirk Bridge repair progress. (Submitted on November 22, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
 
Additional keywords. Covered bridge, New York Covered Bridges, Buskirk Bridge, Hoosic river, Rensselaer County, Washington County, Hoosick, Hoosac, Tioshoke, Great Northern Turnpike, Rutland, Lansingburg
 
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Buskirk's Red Covered Bridge Over the Hoosick River image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, November 21, 2008
5. Buskirk's Red Covered Bridge Over the Hoosick River
Buskirk's Red Covered Bridge, 3/4 View image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, November 21, 2008
6. Buskirk's Red Covered Bridge, 3/4 View
Buskirks Bridge Portal image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, November 21, 2008
7. Buskirks Bridge Portal
25 Dollars Fine for Driving on this Bridge Faster than a Walk.
Buskirk Covered Bridge Interior image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, November 21, 2008
8. Buskirk Covered Bridge Interior
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 22, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 1,578 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on November 22, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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