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Green Island Bridge (Original)

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BH Photo #419991

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Facts 

Overview
Lost Town lattice truss bridge over Hudson River on Rensselaer & Saratoga Railway & Road
Location
Troy, Rensselaer County, New York, and Albany County, New York
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1835; Eastern side of the bridge burned due to sparks from a train in May 1862 and was replaced; Replaced 1884
Builders
- Isaac Damon
- Joseph Hayward
Railroads
- Delaware & Hudson Railway (DH)
- Rensselaer & Saratoga Railroad (R&S)
Design
Town lattice through truss
Dimensions
Total length: 1,512.0 ft.
Deck width: 34.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.0 ft.
Also called
Rensselaer & Saratoga Covered Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.73574, -73.69023   (decimal degrees)
42°44'09" N, 73°41'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/607214/4732301 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Troy South
Inventory numbers
WGCB NY/32-01-12x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
WGCB NY-42-37x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 67040 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 28, 2018: New photo from Luke
  • April 16, 2015: Added by Luke

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Green Island Bridge (Original)
Posted March 28, 2018, by Richard Doody (rpdoody3 [at] gmail [dot] com)

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 @

https://lccn.loc.gov/75694855