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Walkway Over the Hudson

 
 
Walkway Over the Hudson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 2, 2010
1. Walkway Over the Hudson Marker
Inscription.
Walkway Over the Hudson
A place to enjoy the river and a place to appreciate the wonder of an engineering feat unprecedented in its time with a beauty unsurpassed in our generation.
History
Completed in 1888, the Poughkeepsie-Highland train bridge was then the longest bridge in the world and considered an engineering marvel.
The 525 foot spans are the largest and heaviest trusses in the world.
10 story underwater timber caissons were built to set the concrete foundations for the bridge.
Considered a landmark piece of the Hudson valleys industrial past, the bridge soon became a major link in the nation's rail network. Over the next 60 years, it would support 50 trains per day.
The bridge has been virtually idle for about 35 years after a spectacular fire severely damaged it in 1974, ending an era of rail transportation.
Rebuilding
The Walkway Over the Hudson non-profit organization was founded in 1992.
Their mission: to preserve the landmark railroad bridge, transform the bridge into a linear park and trail and to provide long-term stewardship. In 1995 Walkway Over the Hudson assumed ownership of the bridge, establishing partnerships with federal and state government, businesses, foundations and the
Detail from the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 2, 2010
2. Detail from the Marker
A train crosses the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge
community.
With a length of 6,767 feet (approximately 1.25 miles), the walkway is the longest pedestrian bridge in the world.
The top of the bridge deck is 212 above the water and the width is 24 feet.
Walkway
Provides public access to the Hudson River's scenic landscape for pedestrians, bicyclists, hikers, joggers, and people with disabilities.
Connects with an extensive network of rail-trails, parks and communities on both sides of the river.
Board Members:
Fred Schaeffer, Chairman Claire Costantino, Vice Chair Dick Coller, Vice Chair Theresa Gill, Secretary David Santner, Treasurer Amy Husten, Executive Director Michael Asbill Joseph Bonura Jr. Chuck Benfer Jeanne Flemming Diana Gurieva Jim Hammond William Keating Mitch Markay Sally Mazzarella Judy Moran Charles North John Storyk
2009 Eagle Project
Donated by: Alex Palmiotti, BSA Troop 50
Poughkeepsie, NY

 
Erected 2009.
 
Location. 41° 42.477′ N, 73° 56.419′ W. Marker is in Poughkeepsie, New York, in Dutchess County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and North Water Street, on the right when traveling west on Main Street. Touch for map.
Detail from the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 2, 2010
3. Detail from the Marker
Construction workers on the bridge steelwork
Located in Waryas Memorial Park on the Hudson River. Marker is in this post office area: Poughkeepsie NY 12601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Walkway Loop Trail (here, next to this marker); The Queen City of the Hudson (here, next to this marker); River That Flows Both Ways (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Victor C. Waryas Memorial Park (about 700 feet away); Thomas Dongan (approx. mile away); Poughkeepsie-Highland Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Poughkeepsie Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Constitution Ratification Site (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Poughkeepsie.
 
Also see . . .  Walkway Over the Hudson. (Submitted on November 12, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Length and Width of Walkway
There are a few errors in the article.Walkway Over The Hudson is 6,768 feet long,and 1.28 miles long.It is 25 feet wide,not 24 feet as you have.Contact Walkway Over The Hudson staff and other sites for verification.Thank you for your time.

Gary Recht
mailto:rechtgary@yahoo.com
Detail from the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 2, 2010
4. Detail from the Marker
The completed Walkway
    — Submitted January 17, 2015.

 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsMan-Made Features
 
Walkway Over the Hudson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 2, 2010
5. Walkway Over the Hudson Marker
Walkway Over the Hudson Marker (center) image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 2, 2010
6. Walkway Over the Hudson Marker (center)
Walkway Over the Hudson, formerly the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge, spans the Hudson River
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 12, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 1,201 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 12, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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