Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Walkway Over the Hudson

Our last stop for the day was to see the Walkway Over The Hudson.  I had hoped to take the new glass elevator up to the deck of the bridge but we couldn't figure out where to park to find it.  We finally found a parking lot for the walkway on the Poughkeepsie side.  It is a bit of hike from the parking lot to the bridge itself but it was a nice evening.  

We walked across the bridge which stands 212 feet above the river's surface and is 1.28 miles long. It connects Poughkeepsie to Highland, NY.  We didn't get all the way across because the bridge closes at 8 PM and we didn't arrive until 7 PM and we didn't want to be stuck on the other side.

We found the elevator but it wasn't running anyway so it is a good thing that Lee found the parking area.

 The Elevator

 The Poughkeepsie Train Station

"The Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge was built in the late 19th century to link New York and New England to an extensive, nationwide railway network. For decades, it was a major rail corridor for both freight and passengers. After a fire in 1974, the bridge was abandoned and sat for decades as an orphaned relic" (According to the website) It is now the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world.

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