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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Poughkeepsie
Poughkeepsie, New York and Vicinity
▶ Dutchess County (295) ▶ Columbia County (208) ▶ Orange County (474) ▶ Putnam County (114) ▶ Ulster County (238) ▶ Fairfield County, Connecticut (371) ▶ Litchfield County, Connecticut (239) ▶ Berkshire County, Massachusetts (131)
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|To Honor Those Men
And Women Of The Fifth
Ward Who So Valiantly
Served Their Country
In World War II
Dedicated Sept. 3, 1946
Adams, W. • Adriance, H. F. • Ahrens, H. S. • Aide, H. • Allen, C. • Allers, E. J. • Allers, J. F. • Allers, R. . . . — — Map (db m37736) HM|
|In 1992, Walkway Over the Hudson was established to preserve the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge, transform it into a linear park and trailway and provide long-term stewardship. With public and private support, the bridge-to-park . . . — — Map (db m142779) HM|
In memory of Sidonie Bennett,
a Holocaust survivor and
Hungarian immigrant whose dream
of a Vassar education for her
daughter was realized here.
Given, with gratitude,
by Dr. Georgette Bennett '67 and her family . . . — — Map (db m37641) HM|
|Conceived in the 1860s, the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge created the only Hudson River crossing between New York City and Albany. Political and financial difficulties prevented the project from getting underway for several years. In 1886, . . . — — Map (db m142777) HM|
|Formed over 300 million years ago, the Catskill Mountains have more than 35 peaks over 3,500 feet, cover 6,000+ square miles, and provide 90% of New York City's water supply. The Catskills have been a tourist destination and a haven for artists for . . . — — Map (db m145008) HM|
|As "Queen City of the Hudson River Valley," Poughkeepsie has been a beehive of activity since settlers first established riverfront industries here in the early 1700s. Geography helped fuel the transformation from town to city. The Fall Kill Creek . . . — — Map (db m141937) HM|
State of New York
By Their Convention
Assembled in a Former
On This Ground
United States of America
July 26, A.D. 1788
Erected in 1904
By the . . . — — Map (db m37734) HM|
Dedicated by the members of the
Casa Italiana, to this great
on the 500th Anniversary
of his discovery of America
October 12, 1992
[Roll of Donors] — — Map (db m130566) HM|
|Established in 1683, Dutchess County was home to New York's second capital during the Revolutionary War and achieved prominence as an important rail hub. Dutchess County is also Franklin D. Roosevelt's birthplace.
Background photo . . . — — Map (db m145004) HM|
Roll of Honor
World War I
Adams, George H. • Albertson, Nelson • Allen, Alonza D. • Baliszewski, Frank J. • Bedrosian, Kapriel D. • Bishop, Leon • Bogart, Raymond • Braddock, Benjamin • Brizzie, Charles • . . . — — Map (db m37640) WM|
|The Mid-Hudson Bridge was renamed the Franklin D. Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge in 1994. Over 13,645,000 cars and trucks used the bridge in 2008.
Background photograph courtesy New York State Bridge Authority. — — Map (db m145247) HM|
Who Fought For
At Savannah Georgia
Died October 11, 1779
[ back ]
The Efforts Of
Polish American . . . — — Map (db m37785) HM|
| . . . — — Map (db m37733) HM|
|The Intercollegiate Rowing Association held the National Championship at Poughkeepsie in 1895 and almost every year thereafter until 1949.
Background photo courtesy Library of Congress. — — Map (db m145006) HM|
|The Dutch named the Hudson from Crum Elbow (4 miles to the north) to Danskammer Point (9 miles to the south) Lange Rack, which means long reach, because sloop skippers did not have to change the set of their sails on that long, straight . . . — — Map (db m145250) HM|
|Vibrant immigrant enclaves steeped in old world values and ethnic food are part of the American landscape. However, the locomotive age made Poughkeepsie’s Little Italy, sprouting in the shadow of a train trestle, truly distinct. The neighborhood’s . . . — — Map (db m144742) HM|
|In appreciation and recognition of Lucille P. Pattison who served in this office building for nearly two decades. Serving as County Legislator and both Minority and Majority Leader, she won a special election for Dutchess County Executive in 1978 . . . — — Map (db m142538) HM|
| . . . — — Map (db m130552) HM|
|During the late 1800s, Poughkeepsie’s waterfront south of the bridge was lined with factories and warehouses, including the Vassar Brewery and Foster Lumber Yard. The Main Street ferry landing is right of center.
Background photograph . . . — — Map (db m145300) HM|
Founder of Vassar College,
lived in house on this site
for many years. Now site of
Vassar Brothers Home
for Aged Men — — Map (db m130553) HM|
|On May 8, 1974, a fire started on the Poughkeepsie side of the bridge. The fire's intense heat caused the track to warp. Burning debris fell from the bridge, starting small fires on the ground.
Background photograph by John . . . — — Map (db m145002) HM|
|The Mid-Hudson Bridge utilizes heavy cables suspended between towers and vertical suspender cables to carry the traffic deck.
Background photo courtesy New York State Bridge Authority. — — Map (db m145001) HM|
|When built, the Mid-Hudson Bridge was the only vehicular bridge crossing the Hudson between Albany and Bear Mountain. In 1933, over 394,000 cars and trucks used the bridge.
Background photo courtesy New York State Bridge . . . — — Map (db m145005) HM|
|The Mid-Hudson Bridge's main suspension cables are 16 ¾ inches in diameter, span 3,000 feet, and are anchored at each end of the bridge.
Background photograph courtesy New York State Bridge Authority — — Map (db m145295) HM|
| The former Mills Gate, dedicated in June, 1931, stood fifty feet to the north and was a gift from members of The Training Campus for Nurses, held at Vassar, June to September, 1918.
Proposed by Minnie A. Cumnock Blodgett, Class of 1884, to . . . — — Map (db m37642) HM|
|The river is named for Englishman Henry Hudson, who explored it aboard the Half Moon in 1609. He was searching for an all-water route to Asia for the Dutch East India Company. It was also called the “North River” by the Dutch. . . . — — Map (db m145000) HM|
|Nearly 3,000 men worked on new rail lines to connect the bridge to existing railroads on both sides of the river. Steam drills and dynamite were used to clear some sections.
Background photo courtesy Local History Collection, Adriance . . . — — Map (db m145003) HM|
|In 1807, Robert Fulton and Robert R. Livingston, Jr. successfully operated the North River Steamboat of Clermont between New York City and Albany, heralding the beginning of steam navigation on the Hudson.
Background illustration . . . — — Map (db m145009) HM|
| On this site in July of 1788, the opposing views of Federalists, led by Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, and Anti-federalists, under Governor George Clinton, were joined in compromise by Dutchess County Ratification Convention delegate Melancthon . . . — — Map (db m37732) HM|
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To the Patriotism of the Men of
Dutchess and Columbia Counties
Who served in the 128th Regiment
in the Civil War 1861 – 1865
Till the fame of our fathers
Has melted away,
Till the . . . — — Map (db m37638) HM|
|has been placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1979 by The United States Department of the InteriorWilliam G. Pomeroy Foundation 2019 • 201 — — Map (db m136100) HM|
|The bridge's cantilevered spans are supported on only one end by rectangular truss spans (left). The traveling derrick on top of the bridge was used as a temporary work station to construct the bridge's structural system.
Background . . . — — Map (db m145293) HM|
|The cribs were partially built on land and floated out on the river where they were enlarged. They were then filled with stone, gravel, and cement until they sunk deep into the river's sediment and rested firmly on bedrock.
Background . . . — — Map (db m145296) HM|
|The bridge's eastern overland approach crossed over New York Central's main north-south line. During the late 1800s, Poughkeepsie was a thriving manufacturing center producing a variety of goods, such as mowers, dye, and beer.
Background . . . — — Map (db m145011) HM|
|Now the trumpet summons us again – not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need, not as a call to battle, though embattled we are; but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, "rejoicing in hope, patient . . . — — Map (db m37735) HM|
|Long before locomotives and automobiles, the Hudson River was like a super highway attracting intrepid explorers, settlers, and businessmen. As such, the area's earliest economic development dotted the lush banks of the waterfront. This is where the . . . — — Map (db m140324) HM|
|The Poughkeepsie-Highland Bridge is the oldest surviving steel cantilever bridge in the world, and when built, had the longest truss and cantilever spans. The bridge provided the first, and only, all-rail route across the Husdon River south of . . . — — Map (db m35483) HM|
|Between 1896 and 1921, nearly 4 million Italians immigrated to America's cities. Many settled in the Mount Carmel district near Poughkeepsie's waterfront and worked on the railroads. Today, this neighborhood is called “Poughkeepsie’s Little . . . — — Map (db m145010) HM|
|Poughkeepsie's waterfront was an active construction staging area for the bridge with a constant flow of boats, barges, building materials, and workers.
Background photograph from the B.L. Rudberg collection in memory of the late Austin . . . — — Map (db m145013) HM|
|The river before you is in no hurry to reach the Atlantic Ocean. The Native Americans knew that. They called it Muhheakantuck—“river that flows both ways.”
The Hudson’s current changes direction four times every day as . . . — — Map (db m2488) HM|
Organized July 18, 1946
Rev. Dr. Thomas J. Jenkins, Pastor
Charter Members of
Second Baptist Church
Mrs. B. Dukes, K. Roberts, & E. Vaughn
Rev. Robert L. Bruce, Sr., Pastor — — Map (db m130554) HM|
|Signal towers at each end of the bridge controlled train traffic over the river. Here, an eastbound train approaches the guard house and signal tower at the Washington Street overpass in Poughkeepsie. Background photo from the collection of . . . — — Map (db m149331) HM|
| [ east side ]
[ south side ]
[ north side ]
April 12th, 1861
April 9th, 1865
[ west side ]
Restored / Rededicated P.U.R.A Nov. 11, 1977 . . . — — Map (db m37779) HM|
|Standing witness to the city's stature, this manicured mix of distinctive homes recalls the aspirations of the inventors, industrialists, and civic leaders who called Poughkeepsie home over a century ago. Comprised of four national historic . . . — — Map (db m144741) HM|
|Speck Zyn Kill
Dutch for "Speck, his stream". Later called Speck 'n Kill and Speckenkill. Speck, an Indian, owned this land.
State Education Department 1935 — — Map (db m37881) HM|
|Poughkeepsie's steamboat and ferry landing at the foot of Main Street (now Victor C. Waryas Park) was a bustling transportation hub. The horse-drawn trolleys are an early instance of public transportation.
Background photo from the B.L. . . . — — Map (db m145007) HM|
|The Clearwater replicates the mid-19th-century sloops that plied the Hudson River. Folk singer and river champion Pete Seeger launched the ship as a tool for environmental education and advocacy in 1969.
Background photograph by Brian A. . . . — — Map (db m145297) HM|
|A tributary of the Hudson River, the Fall Kill supplied water power to Poughkeepsie's 18th - and 19th - century industries, including mills, cloth production, a brewery, and a carpet factory.
Background photograph courtesy of Linda T. . . . — — Map (db m145294) HM|
|Built in 1767 by members of the Church of England in Dutchess County for their minister. — — Map (db m37921) HM|
|When the bridge opened, it was connected to an extensive, nationwide railway network. The bridge provided a direct route for transporting raw materials, such as coal from Pennsylvania and grain from the Midwest, across the Hudson to the Northeast, . . . — — Map (db m142778) HM|
|The Hudson River Day Line steamer Albany glides under the bridge in 1894. The steamboat company provided regularly scheduled passenger service between New York City and Albany from 1863 to 1948.
Background photograph courtesy . . . — — Map (db m145245) HM|
|Whale oil was widely used in lamps during the early 1800s. The Poughkeepsie Whaling Company, formed in 1831, was one of several ocean-going fleets operating along the Hudson. It closed in 1843 when using kerosene in lamps increased. . . . — — Map (db m145012) HM|
|The city's early economic & social
history ties it to the river with
Poughkeepsie known as
The Queen City of the Hudson
1776 – 1876, Shipyard Point. Site of the Revolutionary War shipyards, various ships were built along the . . . — — Map (db m37869) HM|
|Although the river dates back some 60 million years, the river we see today was shaped during the last Ice Age. About 16,000 years ago, a massive ice field gouged the riverbed to a depth below sea level, thus allowing water from the Atlantic Ocean . . . — — Map (db m142780) HM|
1683 - 1687
One of the greatest constructive statesmen ever sent to any English colony. The assembly which he created passed an act known as "The Charter of Liberties and Privileges" which assumed the . . . — — Map (db m37783) HM|
|In many ways, the city's oldest neighborhood follows the meandering history of Poughkeepsie itself. Starting as a mere footpath that connected the early hilltop settlement to the Union Store on the riverbank, this major artery was officially . . . — — Map (db m144740) HM|
|United States Post Office Poughkeepsie New York Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — — Map (db m141963) HM|
|Reed covered lodge by the watering place... A spring named by Indians... Source of the present name, Poughkeepsie. — — Map (db m56518) HM|
On this site 1687-1835
stood the house built by
Baltus Barents Van Kleeck
one of the first settlers
at Poughkeepsie — — Map (db m130565) HM|
John Guy Vassar
1883 — — Map (db m130556) HM|
| . . . — — Map (db m130567) HM|
|Victor C. Waryas
Mayor, City of Poughkeepsie 1960 – 1964
Member, New York State Assembly 1965 – 1968
"It is not an exaggeration to say that Poughkeepsie is on the threshold of a complete rebirth. The coming year, . . . — — Map (db m37868) HM|
|Walkway Loop Trail
Crossing Walkway Over the Hudson and the Mid-Hudson Bridge, this 3.6-mile loop offers thrilling river views and connects attractions on the Poughkeepsie and Highland waterfronts. It provides a link with 25 miles of rail trails in . . . — — Map (db m37878) HM|
| 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.
• Completed in 1888, the . . . — — Map (db m37871) HM|
|First opened in 1889, the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge was the longest cantilevered and truss span bridge in the world. Reborn in 2009, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park is the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. . . . — — Map (db m142776) HM|
the Polish American Citizens Club
Gr. 368 P. N. A.
to the memory of American youth
of Polish descent who gave their lives
in the service of their country in
World War II
John Banik • Walter Biegusiak • James Detmer . . . — — Map (db m130559) WM|