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Union Bridge (1804)

Photos 

1913 Post Card

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BH Photo #372320

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Description 

Engineering News wrote in 1889, “At the time the Waterford Bridge was built, therefore, it was the greatest existing wooden span in the world, and the first glance at the design shows that it was not only of a strictly original type but was a much more scientifically designed structure than any which had preceded it. For aught we know, it may be the greatest wood span which is standing today, so many of the short list of greater wooden spans having been burned or replaced by iron.”

Facts 

Overview
Lost Burr arch-truss bridge over Hudson River on Broad Street
Location
Waterford, Saratoga County, New York, and Rensselaer County, New York
Status
Destroyed by fire
History
Built 1804; Burned 1909
Builder
- Theodore Burr of Torrington, Connecticut
Design
Burr arch-truss
Dimensions
Total length: 800.0 ft.
Deck width: 30.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.78890, -73.67455   (decimal degrees)
42°47'20" N, 73°40'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/608404/4738225 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Troy North
Inventory numbers
WGCB NY/32-42-14x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
WGCB NY-46-05x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 74699 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 11, 2021: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • April 5, 2020: Updated by Geoff Hubbs: added Rensselaer County
  • March 28, 2018: New photo from Richard Doody
  • December 8, 2016: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • December 7, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added info
  • December 7, 2016: Added by Dana and Kay Klein

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