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Damascus - Cochecton Covered Bridge


Damascus-Cochecton Bridge

August 1898

Photo taken by F. M. Adams

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BH Photo #439578


An August 1898 photo of this bridge taken by F. M. Adams during a bicycle trip from Binghamton appears in story by Adams entitled "On the Newburg Pike" published in the L.A.W. Bulletin and Good Roads Magazine pg 231-232 Vol. 29 (7) Feb. 17, 1899.

In the winter of 1902 an ice dam formed on a 12 mile long section of the Delaware River between Narrowsburg and Callicoon. When the ice dam broke early in the morning on Saturday March 1 after heavy rains the ensuing flood destroyed this bridge and floated the bridge the Presbyterian Church 5 houses and several barns the off their foundations in Cochecton.

The bridge went out in three sections. The Wayne County Herald (Honesdale PA) Thursday 6 March 1902 reported that The Damascus-Cochecton bridge went out in three sections first the eastern part, then the middle and a little later the western section. A March 2 story in the NY times indicates that the bridge sections floated downstream and impacted a suspension bridge at Narrowsburg and then the railroad bridge at Tusten.


Bridge over Delaware River on Newburgh Turnpike
Wayne County, Pennsylvania, and Sullivan County, New York
Destroyed by Flood March 1, 1902
This was reportedly the oldest covered bridge on the Delaware River when it was destroyed by flood on March 1, 1902
Total length: 500.0 ft.
Also called
Damascus-Cochecton bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.70517, -75.06705   (decimal degrees)
41°42'19" N, 75°04'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/494421/4617044 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 83830 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

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  • December 20, 2018: Added by Rusty Weisman

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