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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA'S SUNNIEST CAPITAL, c1950

Poughkeepsie Bridge: 1913

Poughkeepsie Bridge: 1913

The Hudson River circa 1913. "Under the bridge -- Poughkeepsie, N.Y." This former railroad bridge, completed in 1889, is now the centerpiece of Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 
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3-mile point

That bridge was at the three-mile point in the U.S. Intercollegiate Rowing Association regatta held on the Hudson in Poughkeepsie for more than 50 years. Rowing, like boxing and horse racing, was a huge spectator sport early in the 20th century and huge crowds and viewing trains gathered every year for this regatta, the equivalent of the NCAA championship. A wonderful book about college rowing and this era is "The Boys in the Boat," about the 1936 University of Washington team that competed against all the traditional Ivy League rowing powers and went as our entry to the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

What're Under the Bridge

I'm going to guess that's the passenger steamer Hendrick Hudson of the Hudson River Day Line.

Hack(man)ed Off.

In order to cross certain bridges, you have to pay a toll to the troll that lives underneath.

To cross THIS bridge, an angry detective asks where you've picked your feet recently.

 
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