Near Buskirk in Washington County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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.
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 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
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
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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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 1,601 times since then. 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.