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Clarke, Thomas

Poughkeepsie-Highland Bridge
Society: ASCEMain Category: CivilSub Category: BridgesEra: 1880-1889DateCreated: 1888Hudson RiverPoughkeepsieState: NYZip: 12528Country: USAWebsite:, Clarke, Thomas , Macdonald, Charles

A bridge across the Hudson at or near Poughkeepsie was planned starting in the early 1870s to primarily carry coal from the coalfields of northeastern Pennsylvania to New England. At the time there were no bridges between Albany and New York Harbor. Horatio Allen, soon to be President of the ASCE, was its first Chief Engineer. He designed a multiple span suspension bridge. Later the American Bridge Company started construction on a five span bridge but went bankrupt before it completed the first pier foundations.

Image Credit: Courtesy Flickr/bobistraveling (CC BY 2.0)Image Caption: Poughkeepsie-Highland BridgeEra_date_from: 1888
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