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NYC - Watkins Glen Bridge

Photos 

Postcard

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BH Photo #191214

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Description 

Text from a historical plaque near the bridge:

"In the summer of 1935, the bridge was destroyed by a massive flood which lead to the construction of dams that were built upstream to reduce future flood damage. Floodwaters pooled behind debris that had become entangled in the bridge's middle pier as seen in picture #3. Intense pressure built behind this temporary dam until the middle pier was swept away, leaving the deck and railroad tracks precariously suspended 175 feet above the creek, as seen in pictures #4 and #5. They fell into the gorge shortly afterward."

"When the pier yielded, an enormous surge of water burst through the glen, ripping out trails, walls and other bridges."

"The reconstructed bridge you see today lacks a central pier. It has two reinforced piers at each end that permit high water to pass."

Facts 

Overview
Lost Deck girder bridge over Watkins Glen Gorge on former New York Central Railroad
Location
Schuyler County, New York
Status
Destroyed by flood
History
Built ca. 1901, destroyed by flood in 1935
Railroad
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
Design
Deck plate girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.37105, -76.89192   (decimal degrees)
42°22'16" N, 76°53'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/344226/4692708 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Beaver Dams
Inventory number
BH 47260 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 4, 2012: New photo from Jacob P. Bernard
  • June 28, 2012: New photo from Jacob P. Bernard
  • December 7, 2010: Added by Jacob P. Bernard

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Jacob P. Bernard