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Bridge L-158, Goldens Bridge

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view from the south

Photo taken by Kent Findley in July 2007

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BH Photo #111532

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Description 

The bridge was originally the smallest of three spans in a 1200ft viaduct-bridge combination along the former West Shore Line at the mouth of Rondout Creek in Kingston, New York, 50 miles to the north. It was built in 1883 by Clarke, Reeves & Company, a Philadelphia-based subsidiary of the Phoenix Iron Works as a 29-foot–wide (8.8 m) double-tracked structure, known administratively within the Central as Bridge 141.

In 1904, the railroad built another bridge at the Rondout that could carry the entire load on one span. At the same time, New York City was beginning to buy, clear and flood land for its water supply system in the Croton River watershed. Railroads in the area were required, under their agreements with the city, to install bridges over any inundated areas at their own expense.

The railroad decided to move Bridge 141, now Bridge L-158, south to the new reservoir where it would easily bridge the gap needed for the Mahopac Branch from the former New York and Harlem Railroad main line. The branch, formerly the New York & Mahopac Railroad, served what had been a summer resort community in the 19th century. Since it was a single-track line, the bridge was rebuilt that way, its width reduced to 16ft

Service on the Mahopac Branch continued until 1960. The tracks were eventually dismantled to and from the bridge, but the bridge itself remained. In 1976, a survey team from the Historic American Engineering Record found that it remained in good condition despite the lack of maintenance or use. Its presence on New York City watershed land, where public access is tightly restricted, has helped preserve it as well. (source: wikipedia)

Facts 

Overview
Whipple through truss bridge over Croton River
Location
Westchester County, New York
Status
Closed to all traffic
History
This bridge was originally part of a three span bridge and located approximately one mile south of Kingston NY. Moved to its current location c.1907
Builder
- Clarke, Reeves & Co. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Railroad
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
Design
Wrought iron, 9-panel Whipple through truss with Phoenix columns
Dimensions
Span length: 163.0 ft.
Total length: 163.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Goldens Bridge
Bridge L-158
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.29641, -73.68270   (decimal degrees)
41°17'47" N, 73°40'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/610290/4572499 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Croton Falls
Elevation
200 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
NRHP 78001923 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 36223 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 26, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • July 4, 2011: Updated by Luke Harden: added builder and history from wikipedia
  • April 8, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn
  • March 19, 2009: Updated by Curtis Lee: added coordinates and elevation
  • February 7, 2008: Added by Kent Findley

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Kent Findley - kent [dot] findley [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Curtis Lee - clee47ford [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Wikipedia
  • HAER NY-148 - New York & Mahopac Railroad, Bridge L-158, Schoolhouse Road, Goldens Bridge, Westchester County, NY
  • John Reidy
  • Luke

Comments 

Bridge L-158, Goldens Bridge
Posted January 18, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Found a site with some nice pictures of the bridge:

http://www.iridetheharlemline.com/2010/02/10/snow-over-railr...

Bridge L-158, Goldens Bridge
Posted June 23, 2013, by Barbara Cohen (allbar [at] aol [dot] com)

I am President of a museum in Phoenixville, PA where this bridge was built. We would like to use Kent Findley's photograph of this historic bridge for our web site. We have located many Phoenix bridges in many different states. Our museum is the Schuylkill River Heritage Center. Our web site is: www.phoenixvillefoundry.org You may contact me at 610-783-0645.

Thank you

Barbara Cohen

Bridge L-158, Goldens Bridge
Posted October 29, 2009, by John (Reidy)

Wikipedia has an interesting article on the history of this bridge.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridge_L-158

Bridge L-158, Goldens Bridge
Posted October 17, 2009, by Joshua Kearney (joshuakearney57 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Would it be possible to find out how much construction of this bridge would cost?

Bridge L-158, Goldens Bridge
Posted March 25, 2009, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

So, this is an abandoned Railroad bridge? It doesn't say in the listing.