Waterford in Saratoga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The site of the Union Bridge, the first bridge over the Hudson River, the original Union Bridge was built in 1804 by the people of Waterford and Lansingburgh. This wooden, covered toll bridge was designed by Theodore Burr, noted bridge architect. Operated by Union Bridge Company, the toll in 1805 was eighteen cents for farmers and twenty five cents for "gentlemen's" wagons.
Seven hundred and ninety-seven feet long, with four spans and two roadways the bridge was destroyed by fire on July 10, 1909.
Erected by River Spark.
Location. 42° 47.343′ N, 73° 40.505′ W. Marker is in Waterford, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker is on Broad Street (New York State Route 4), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Waterford NY 12188, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Waterford Bridges (here, next to this marker); Troy - Waterford Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. Henry Knox Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Waterford Station Lock 2 Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Flight of Five Locks (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Matton Shipyard (approx. ¾ mile away); Herman Melville (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waterford.
More about this marker. There are two RiverSpark plaques, each one mounted on opposite ends of the bridge.
Regarding Union Bridge. In 1804, Theodore Burr designed the first "sizable bridge" crossing New York's Hudson River, at Waterford, New York. It lasted until 1909, when it was destroyed by fire. The "Burr arch truss", used two long arches, resting on the abutments on either end, that typically sandwiched a multiple kingpost structure. Theodore Burr built nearly every bridge that crossed the Susquehanna River from Binghamton, New York, to Maryland in those days. His successes made him the most distinguished architect of bridges in the country. Today's modern bridges with their graceful arches can be traced back to Theodore Burr and his contemporaries.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 22, 2013, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 323 times since then. Last updated on November 23, 2013, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on September 22, 2013, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.