Bridge is own and operated By Nassau County DPW. 2nd rehab was performed approximately 2008, leaf decking and exspansion joint replacement
I remember this bridge while growing up in Washingtonville lived in the park.
left in 1978 believe about time line closed. So sad seeing it in closed. Did you happen to see the steel plate on it with bridge information was wondering year it was built? Thank you so much for taking photos.
That's what puts the "hunt" in Bridgehunter. 8^)
If any one is driving looking for Everman may be hard to find!
Road sign in google streetview says Everman Road.
Google shows White Bridge Road intersects a bit west of the bridge, but Bing calls the road Applinville Road.
Take your pick, I guess.
"Local Sources" indicated bridge removed. Confirmed!
Google, NBI,at al list this as Everman Road. Road sign from site visit Says Applinville Road.
wonder what was there in 1902? Thanks for the research!
From the 1902 Wayland, NY 15' quad. The old alignment is visible just to the left of center.
At least someone learned from that ordeal, because the cause of the ordeal sure didn't learn from it. :')
That thing is incredible, thanks for posting.
Is this nick named silver car bridge?
Looks like it wintered well.
Nice bridge! Thanks for making the journey! I notice in photos 5 and 6 that no one cleared the snow......
Thanks Dave, feel free to name as appropriate not sure Lock 29 Bridge is really correct.
A stone Arch Aqueduct, a 1914 Phoenix, and an 1858 Whipple from one park point. Certainly worth a detour off the Thruway if ever in New York
It looks more like it reads "ALONZO PEASE, COM" to me. Seems like he was on a Board of Supervisors in the 1870's, probably a Commissioner at some point. At the very least he was a prominent citizen in the area.
The original turntable was built in 1854. The one presently on the site was not. 1854 turntables were constructed differently and were much smaller.
BH Photo #376353 (number 8) is of another bridge, not on this site.
This Bridge in danger or destruction.
Wow. If they named that monstrosity in my honor, I'd be rolling over in my grave. UCEBish is mostly correct, you just need a space between the B and the i. UCEB. Ish. That is a more apt description!
That's why I used the "gloat plate" comparison in the first place.
As to why, your guess is as good as mine, as John's found bridges in the middle-of-nowhere that are completely over-built and over-engineered for being in the middle-of-nowhere.
As for the " Nor did the highway Dept. "design" bridges" quip, that depends entirely on the DOT. I know Iowa designed their own, led by Marston and briefly by McCollough, and their subordinates who are unmentioned by name. Nonetheless, the designs were in-house designs by already-hired staff, not outside contractors.
And there /are/ railroads who have in-house designs, but 1) There's no clear proof of that with this plaque, much less the railroad from the scant research I've done. 2) Those departments had specific names, like "Mont Claire Shops" in the case of the B&O or "Oakland Shipyard" in the case of SP's transbay ferries, not just the railroad tossed in the builder box.
Thinking about this a little more a I am wondering, how is listing the RR really "gloating" seems listing the president or chief Eng. might actually be gloating as well, why would you post it on a bridge, at the time of completion, when there is zero expectation it will ever be seen by anyone other than a few RR employees who already know the RR built it? Gloat plate just does not ring true.
1) You demanded I post proof of builders and gloat plates using the same plaque shape.
2) My argument was, and still is, that the NYC&HR on that plaque is nothing more than the "County Name" on a dedication/gloat plate.
It's a giant "Hello! My name is:" sticker.
IF they'd built it, they'd have mentioned their own iron/steel works, a la B&O and their Mont Claire Shop, but they don't, they explicitly mention A&P Roberts Co./Pencoyd.
One of several bridges (I never specified railroad.) you can find across the site where the "dedication plates" and builder's plates are the same.
2) Warrens with verts handle loads differently than those without verts
Same with Camelback, which is a derivation of the Parker type with a polygonal top chord of exactly five slopes.
Denoting subtypes that are functionally different from the original type isn't a redundancy.
Arches have been made from: Stone, brick, iron, steel, concrete, and even plastics (Though those currently stay in test labs.)
Specifying which type of arch (Concrete arch, Brick arch, Stone-and-brick arch, etc.) it is, isn't a redundancy. It's specificity.
If you're referring to the "Concrete" category Amanda created, it's pointless.
"Railroad" as a genericism exists in case James wants to install a filter people can use to filter all railroad bridges out.
Nice review in today's New York Times of a graphic novel/comic book entitled ďThe Bridge: How the Roeblings Connected Brooklyn to New York.Ē which is about to be published. I look forward to buying a copy.
Here's the book review in NYT: "Building the Brooklyn Bridge, in Graphic Detail" https://nyti.ms/2H1pCLp
"6) The "free market economy" cannot exist without governmental regulation. The moment you strip that away, the moment the free market ceases to exist and we veer further towards an oligarchy."
Wow, do you have the name of the laundry which did your brain washing? Oligarchy only exists when the government supports it. The main function of a just government is to prevent stealing and to make sure no one is forced to do things against their interest or wishes. Oligarchs generally use governments to enforce policies in their interest. If the oligarchs did not have government policy on their side they would cease to exist.
Take Walmart for example. They have been, since at least the Clinton administration, working to make politics work in their favor. Tax abatements, zoning, etc. If Walmart isn't benefiting directly they work to prevent competition from springing up through regulation which act as a barrier to entry for competition.
Do you suppose Carlos Slim, the Mexican telecom billionaire has to think very long about who would be his friend in the government?
The way to make a fortune into a massive fortune is to make the government your business partner, and limit your competition.
Please provide a couple of those numerous examples of gloat plates (listing politicians or executives that look like RR builder plates).
Provide the builder plates for the RR in question.
I added it as shown on the BUILDERS PLATE, Unlike others I did not edit it to my personal specifications, to appease my sense of...?
Yes Warren is a subtype, so? It is still redundant, it is not needed, it is simply a way to further describe what you have already described. "Concrete arch" and "concrete" categories. It is made of concrete? DUH it is a concrete arch. "Norfolk Southern Railway" is a "Railroad"? Dude, I am now laughing so hard I am almost crying, are you actually defending these as not redundant?
Free Market can only be regulated? You obviously do not understand either concept. Free Market=voluntary interactions=Moral. Regulated=supported by force (ultimately death as every single law is)=Immoral. It is shocking that an adult educated person in America could confuse the two.
Yes there are shades of grey in life. However, you are mistaken if you believe every government is not "evil". All governments are run on the bases of a monopoly of force and support of laws through aggression, intimidation and coercion (immoral). The very definition of tyranny is a government the prohibits actions to its people while it, itself, retains those actions. Ask yourself this-Do you have the Right to take your neighbors money without his permission? Do you have the Right to instigate aggression against your neighbor? If you do not, which I believe any reasonable person would agree, then how can you properly delegate a Right, you do not have, to the government. The founding Fathers were very aware of this, this is why the were insistent that if we allowed a government to use force over us that we would severely limit their authority but like all governments, they simply ignored the constraints and do as they please.
With that said, the plaque is pictured in the thread, do you think it is a builders plate, intended to show NYC&HR as the builders of the bridge?
Please remember that the world consists of shades of grey. No system is perfect. Not all governments are evil, not everyone who works within a bad organization is bad.
I've seen lots of well intentioned people/organizations do horrible things for the 'right' reasons and I've seen evil/bad people do really good things (not necessarily for the right reason...).
On old truss bridges there are often two plaques installed by the builder: 1. the builder's plaque. 2. the plaque listing the freeholders who gave the builder the job.
Actually, on Carlton Bridge it was the freeholders plaque that allowed the build date to be corrected as there was only a narrow window when the three served together!
Just my two cents.
1) Again, dogwhistles.
2) There are numerous examples of political gloat plates being the same pattern plaque as the manufacturers.
3) It is a redundancy, as the way you've added it, it's the same name as the railroad category, just in the oh-so-ironic reporting mark format.
4) It's a proposal for when we have actual proof of a "Railroad Bridge Department" designing/building/erecting the bridge.
We have Railway Age articles saying that MILW built their own concrete bridges.
John has made the supposition that Northern Pacific designed all their bridges, and has made cited arguments to support.
No such citation has been made here.
5) Warren w/ all verts is a subtype. Arches have been built in multiple mediums, so concrete is a valid identifier for categorization, as is "railroad".
6) The "free market economy" cannot exist without governmental regulation. The moment you strip that away, the moment the free market ceases to exist and we veer further towards an oligarchy.
1) The states did not choose the contracts, the counties did. And therein lies the source of the problem: Counties got bribed by companies to give them their lucrative annual bridge contracts (e.g. Webster County gave N.M. Stark the contract for all their concrete bridges in 1911.), and no state-level oversight led to those contracts going unchallenged.
The ISHC only mandated that bridges and roads be built to their standardized plans, and that bidding be open to all on a bridge-by-bridge/road-by-road basis instead an annual basis.
Creating an open, level bidding field is not "socialism", as you keep dogwhistling about.
2) We don't treat every builder plate the same. Hence why we omit politician names and only list the contractor and engineer/design firm from plates that feature both.
3) Redundant categories is not a deflection. It is a valid concern. You believe that the railroad should be listed as the designer. I know this won't end up being limited this to this bridge (Think "If you give a mouse a cookie."), and then we'll (Yet again.) have multiple categories for the same things.
Hence why I pitched using a singular generic "Railroad Forces/Railroad Bridge Department category (Also not a deflection. Pitching a plausible solution != deflection.) in which one can specify the railroad within parenthesis, like I went in and did with Mr. Wilgus as the chief engineer of the NYC&HR.
And to reply to your comment of "Thank you, however, for your valuable opinions, you are spot on, on many subjects.":
Thank you for actually doing fieldwork and taking numerous photographs of structures, especially remains.
John and yourself do a lot of legwork taking multiple hi-res detail shots of bridges some users wouldn't even bother visiting.
So while we may disagree a LOT, I can still appreciate your contributions as much as you seem to appreciate mine.
Not really, as those are still monopolies. Single companies still had exclusive control within those districts, making it impossible for local builders to flourish, or for another competitor to make a dent.
And the state didn't cause these monopolies to form. The problem was that prior to formation of the ISHC, the was little to no uniformity between the counties, and even less oversight. (Which I'm sure you'll somehow argue isn't a bad thing, based on the reply you posted while I was typing this up. I mean, it's not like a complete lack of oversight caused the banking crisis and fucked the world economy... ...Or unchecked lobbying (AKA legalized bribery) in our own government resulted in a government that listens to corporations more than their own constituencies or anything like that...)
And it's not deflection to correct you on your own historically inaccurate rebuttal to my point.
And my point still stands that the "NYC&HR" on the plaque doesn't actually mean anything related to the builder, and that your statement that "the railroad built the bridge" is false.
The plaque states that NYC&HR's then-chief engineer (Un-fun fact: He was ousted after an electric locomotive designed by him had a fatal derailment.) designed it, and that A&P Roberts fabricated/built it.
What the plaque doesn't actually tell us, is if railroad forces, day laborers, convict labor, or A&P Roberts themselves erected the bridge. You're purely guesstimating that they're the ones who erected it.
And your challenge is incorrect, as prior to DOTs (Then-called Highway Commissions) standardizing designs, only a few companies built bridges in a given region, snuffing out local competition.
In Iowa, the case was that the bridge companies had divided the state into districts, with certain companies having monopolies over their district.
e.g. Clinton Bridge & Iron Works in northeastern Iowa, J.E. Jayne & Sons (Re-badged Stupp Bros.) in Johnson County, the King & WIBCO duopoly in western Iowa, etc..
It wasn't until the ISHC standardized bridge designs (With multiple uncredited "underling" engineers beneath Conde McCullough and Anson Marston.) that those districts were really busted and small local contractors flourished.
It's already listed, you've just created a duplicate, superfluous category in a different box.
As for the rest of your drivel, I suggest you actually read up on the Iowa Stat Highway Commission's standardized designs and the Michigan Standardized Bridge Designs before bloviating.
That counterargument would work if and only if most state DOTs hadn't have designed their own standardized bridges in order to bust monopolies. (Iowa, Michigan, etc.)
Now, in cases of timber trestles, and in certain railroad-specific cases (The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, & Pacific is a glaring example of this), railroad's own bridge departments fabricated (In the cases of concrete and timber structures) and erected (In the case of pre-fabricated steel structures) bridges
I believe this preexisting "generic" category suffices for all those entries, without having to create multiple categories with the same railroad name: https://bridgehunter.com/category/builder/railroad-company-f...
Except the category for New York Central & Hudson River Railroad already exists
Having a duplicate category adds nothing, especially since the railroad's mention on the plaque serves nothing more than being the railroad equivalent of the County Gloat Plate*.
William J. Wilgus, the man who was also the architect of Grand Central Station, and A&P Roberts are the relevant builders.
(*For the reference of others, "County Gloat Plate" refers to a "builder plate" that carries the names of County XYZ commissioners and selectmen, +/- any actual mention of the engineers or contractors who actually built the structure.
The similarity here is that the "New York Central & Hudson River Railroad" serves the same function on this plate as "County XYZ" does on those plates.)
The railroad name on that plaque seems to be more of a title than anything.
In any case, I feel we should list the actual railroad company bridge engineers as such instead of making a bunch of redundant categories for every railroad.
I think its a situation where the railroad actually engineered the structure, and then contracted with A&P Roberts to actually built the structure. Assuming this is the case, they would be both a railroad and builder/engineer.
I made a webmaster request about that...
...a few years ago.
Photos 1 and 2 of 8 for this listing are actually of the current i.e.new Green Island Bridge and should be moved to the separate listing which now extists for that span and deleted from this one.
Fair enough, I only mentioned it because I brought up the same question a couple of years ago when I listed it as the Robert F Kennedy Bridge and the thought at the time was, It was an approach. Things change, I understand, just trying to be consistent.
In truth, this probably is a separate structure that should be listed separately. I was on the fence about it for a while. But, listing it separately does go against the historical precedent on this website. Thus, if somebody wants to separate a couple of bridges They should probably signal their intention to head of time. Doing so would likely prevent some backlash.
I also agree with Matt and Amanda. Looking at bridges such as the MacArthur Bridge in Saint Louis, it consists of a number of different approaches which were built at different times. Most of these viaducts include trusses of all types and sizes. These networks of bridges are some very interesting structures.
Although I know it's not the protocol that's typically followed on this website, I wholeheartedly agree with Amanda, especially with these long bridges where there are more than one significant bridge type with long distances of non-significant concrete in between them. The reason for this is that when these are all placed into a single entry, it's easy to overlook one significant part of a bridge when a different significant part is what is shown on the front page. I think that each portion deserves its own page so that the page can focus on the details of its own type. It's very easy for bridge pages to get cluttered up with confusing information when they are all placed together. The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is entered as one whole bridge, but I think it would be much more effective to have the eastern truss portion and the western suspension portion entered separately, simply because they are each their own significant types that are worthy of their own entries, single bridge or not. Now the new eastern China-made span is one I couldn't care less about, but the old truss bridge was definitely significant and noteworthy on its own.
I am with the Haleys. This page should not have been created.
Lumpers and Splitters - one man's separate bridge is another man's approach span.
It lines/lined up with Livingston Avenue. First use of the name was during construction in 1901: https://books.google.com/books?id=q3mcAAAAMAAJ&dq=editions%3...
Very creative, I know, but there are several examples of such creative naming over the years, such as Monon's Hohman Avenue Bridge in the Chicagoland area.
Given a choice between the two, I'll take a MOB over a UCEB just because there's some semblance of an aesthetic.
But what do I know?
Only added today? I am surprised that this bridge was not on here already.
Hi Amanda, Iím certainly not trying to create schism on this website, and to the bridgeís credit it is a truss, but the positives end there....this is a common, bland, Wal-mart inspired, mail-order bridge that is found in many, many parks across the country. They have used this bridge type in at least one location in my state of Wisconsin to replace an actual historic (and beautiful) truss bridge that was not in the way of anything and was in great shape, which is senseless and destructive. In this case, thankfully, they didnít replace an historic bridge, but they could have used an actual historic bridge here instead of this, which would have enhanced this area and preserved a piece of history. With New York Cityís commendable preservation record, Iím actually surprised that they went this route here.
Hi Amanda. You are going to find that these prefabricated mail-order bridges are very much of a sore point on this website. A lot of times, these bridges are installed on a trail where a historic bridge could have been used instead. In some instances, these bridges even replace historic bridges on trails.
I think they gave it that name because itís so painfully ugly that when you walk across it youíd swear you were walking into hell.
They call THIS modern, prefabricated, mass-produced welded MOB the "Little Hell Gate Bridge?!" That's sad. The REAL Little Hell Gate Bridge is one of the most unique bridges in the entire country, a rare inverted bowstring truss custom-designed by engineering mastermind Gustav Lindenthal as an approach to the Hell Gate Arch Bridge.
The 2015 bridge is built over Bronx Kill and is built through the arched supports for this bridge:
The Othmar Amman bridge is the blue lift footbridge that Luke referenced before.
The bridge in the photo is built over Little Hell Gate and was built in 2003. If you go to google earth to this bridge and use the clock function, you will see that the bridge appears in the August 2003 frame.
I think that Matt and I were posting at the same time.
I don't see that anything got filled in. It looks like the same river and the same two buildings in the background in both the color photo and the black and white photo. I think these photographs are documenting a mail-order bridge, not the Othmar Ammann span.
Folks, I have an explanationóthe 2015 bridge is built over Bronx Kill right underneath the existing Bronx Kill Amtrak Bridge, on the northeast side of Randallís Island. Itís not visible from the satellite view, but itís there. The bridge in the photo was built in Summer 2003 (the caption with Photo #3 came from Pinterest and is incorrect).
Monochromatic != historic.
They're talking about http://bridgehunter.com/ny/new-york/wards-island/
The bridge in the image is the one built in 2015.
Admittedly, I know absolutely zilch about New York City bridges. That being said, this does not look like a 1950s bridge to me. It looks like a very modern mob. Is this an extremely old mob or do we have a photo and Bridge mismatched here?
If it's a mismatch please don't feel bad about it. I have mismatched a few myself.
Nice collection of postcard views. The Berlin Iron Bridge Company's lenticular truss bridges are works of art. Hope the one at Delhi has escaped the scrap heap. Thanks for posting.
Okay, I laughed out loud when I saw my car! Coffee meet keyboard!
Attached detail from Beck & Pauli's 1881 Birdseye View of Troy,NY. The Rennselaer & Saratoga was the second oldest railroad in America. The bridge crossed the Hudson from Troy to Green Island passing over Starbuck Island. The Starbuck Ironworks where the towers for California's Bidwell's Bar Suspension Bridge were fabricated is clearly visible in the lower portion of the lithograph. Sparks from a locomotive passing through the covered portion of the bridge set off the Great Troy Fire of May 10, 1862 which consumed over 500 buildings in downtown Troy. The destruction extended from the river as far east as 8th Street.
Full view can be seen @
Think this one was road not RR
That was my first thought but the crossing is much too large and the road alignment doesn't work. I considered most of the other crossings; they didn't fit for one reason or another.
Also, the text on the card is vague enough that it works.
Valid observation. Going to pull till sure.
You might consider the bridge between Hornell and North Hornell over the Canisteo River. The "North Hornell" name may mean the one to North Hornell rather the one on the north side of North Hornell.
Closed for 5 months due to cracks; now open:
This bridge was replaced in 2017 with a slab of cement. Glad they didn't destroy the original as it looked in decent shape.
This bridge was just rehabbed late 2017/early 2018 with what looks like a new cement deck and freshly painted side rails. Sadly Red Mills down the road suffered a much worse fate and was totally replaced by a slab of cement.
"Modern Whipple 2"
Attention "Justin": I know your real identity. Knock it off.
Glad to help; I don't get around to photograph too many bridges anymore, as most in my area are well documented, but I like to help with the mapping and web research on some of the far away ones if I can.
Welcome aboard, Amanda! It takes a while to get recognition on here sometimes.
Both the state and the county are listed right beside the bridge's name in the site's search results.
If they're looking for the bridge in New York, they can clearly see which one is in New York, and so-on and so-forth.
Also the description section is a thing that exists.
Can you stop adding irrelevant essays that add nothing to the entries you add them to?
All of bridges you think people are going to confuse with another exist in different states altogether, which highlights the pointlessness of them.
Most Welcome and Kudos to Don Morrison, think he nailed it.
Thanks! Its been a while since I've spent time researching old bridges. I've been re-inspired by your finds so, I spent a rainy afternoon having fun. Thanks for the inspiration!
Thanks for the research! I'll move the marker.
Regards to both,
Don, Awesome research! A likely Scenario.
Possibly this bridge should actually be located at
42.622746, -73.773157, where old South Pearl Street crossed Norman's Kill.
Here's an historic 1891 atlas image showing the Kenwood crossing to be south of the railroad and the Sacred heart convent, as well as the small island. The atlas shows a grist mill on the west side, so there probably was a dam there as well.
It's the 33 section of Albany and Rensselaer counties, City of Albany, 1891. From David Rumsey map collection.
The link is long, here's a short version:
Art, nice find! Wandered near here not to long back. Time was short but detoured to Normans Kill farm bridge. Lifes to short not to stop and see the Whipples! Cannot say if span is one in Sterio view or not. Do have an observation, As a canoeist cant help but notice the fall line in Sterio view. Its the kind of sight that wakes you RIGHT up on a river. Penalty for not noticing can be severe! The 1905 concrete arch where you dropped pin while possible, does not exhibit river profile that view does. Of course damns come and go so could be anywhere on this stretch. Only river profile matching view is where Mill Road ends on west side. BIG drop there. Bridge would have been below this. Not certain just observation. And as my grandson once said, YOU ROCK DUDE!
Check out www.newyorktrains.com. This line is not abandoned. It was used for canal traffic.
Dave did NOT see his shadow
The Castleton-on-Hudson Bridge that carries New York State Thruway's Berkshire Connector resembles the old Tappan Zee Bridge. Its design is almost quite similar to Tappan Zee Bridge's that also has a cantilever span,quite similar to the one on the old Tappan Zee Bridge, which was located about 200 miles south, (now being demolished), the new cable-stay bridge is replacing it, which also carried the New York State Thruway, except it is a bit shorter. Unlike the Tappan Zee Bridge that curved at each end on the bridge, the Castleton-on-Hudson Bridge, goes through a perfect straight line from one end of the bridge, to another.
Former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western double track Mainline.
World NYC Subway.org images here:
Also, NY 22 and US 202 overlap each other under this bridge. Your affiliated website "UglyBridges.com" only covers NY 22 under this bridge, but it's the same road.
Cool,Dana and Kay.I should be up and running by summer.Best time to go bridgehunting with my fiancee who I should be married to.I could threaten cold feet but she wouldn't believe me.
Hey George didn't mean to "get" you or anyone! Just found it fascinating,always enjoy hearing from Berks County Bridge Hunter George.
Thanks Dana and Kay.I thought it was somebody under the influence or out of character.I understand the game.Next time I see it I'll know whose behind it,I think.By the way,you got me!Good one!