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Normanskill Farm Bridge


Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #137442

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Wrought and cast iron bowstring through truss bridge on a private driveway near Normans Kill Ravine in Albany
Albany, Albany County, New York
Open to Authorized Vehicles. Closed to Vehicles During Winter. Pedestrians Allowed.
Built 1869; relocated here ca. 1900
- Simon de Graff of Syracuse, New York (Builder)
- Squire Whipple of Albany, New York (Designer)
Whipple arch (Bowstring through truss)
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 18, 1971
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.63578, -73.80048   (decimal degrees)
42°38'09" N, 73°48'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/598346/4721067 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
NRHP 71000523 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 42369 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 6, 2021: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • October 15, 2017: New photos from Dana and Kay Klein
  • February 23, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • September 16, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added common name and builder
  • April 17, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: Fixed Map, Status, and Owner
  • January 14, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: This is a Whipple arch type bowstring.
  • April 19, 2009: Added by James Baughn


  • HAER NY-4 - Whipple Cast & Wrought Iron Bowstring Truss Bridge, Normans Kill Vicinity, Albany, Albany County, NY
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  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
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Normanskill Farm Bridge
Posted October 15, 2017, by Anonymous

A great bridge well cared for and protected. Bucket lister for sure

Whipple Bowstring Truss Bridge
Posted April 17, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The previous map for this bridge pointed at a closed concrete arch, which I have now added to the website.

This Whipple Bowstring is on a nearby drive. It is not privately owned as sometimes referenced, but instead is part of the Albany State Police K-9 Training Center. Despite some intimidating signage about authorized vehicles and such, it appears pedestrians are allowed on the bridge according to another sign. I was able to walk on the bridge without being disturbed.