Constructed in 1923, this bridge was an early surviving example of a highway cantilever through truss bridge in New York State when it was demolished in 2002. The demolition of this beautiful and rare historic bridge represented a devastating loss of transportation heritage. As if to rub salt in the wound, the replacement bridge was made to look extremely ugly. And it is unclear if they thought this was somehow honoring the historic bridge, but on the replacement bridge giant concrete pillars were included and on top of these the little decorative finials from the historic bridge were placed. While it is nice to see some original bridge material surviving, the way it was mounted on the replacement bridge looks hideous. The finials look out of place, these tiny remnants of beauty and heritage mounted on a horrific, ugly modern concrete slab. Indeed, the presentation calls to mind grotesque displays of French soldiers during the French Revolution, who marched around with the heads of the slain mounted on pikes. It is almost like the bridge engineers, proud in their defeat and destruction of a beautiful historic bridge, mounted the finials on the replacement bridge like the French mounted heads on a spike. A comparative illustration is shown below.
Above: On a side note, a long time ago, there was a rare Belidor bascule bridge in this area as shown in this postcard. It too is long-gone.
This historic bridge has been demolished. This map is shown for reference purposes only.
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