The railroad bridge was such a white elephant that it was sold three times in the 1980s and '90s: each time for $1. Walkway Over the Hudson, a non-profit created in 1992, acquired the bridge in 1998 and set about parlaying its $1 investment into an invaluable scenic attraction.
On October 3, 2009, Walkway Over the Hudson opened, and visitors enjoyed a first look at the $39 million transformation of the abandoned bridge into a linear park stretching from Poughkeepsie to Highland. I took these photos during an opening weekend stroll across the restored, 1.25-mile bridge, which is now a prime destination for walking, biking, bird watching, leaf peeping and photography.
|A Linear Park||Something of an Eyesore||A Bridge's Demise||Walkway Over the Hudson Map|
|A Safe Crossing||Quite a Bike Path||Dogs Love It, Too||A New Way to Leaf Peep|
|Fall Foliage Along the Hudson||A Photographer's Delight||A Multitude of Visitors||First Peek at the River|