Birthday Bridges: Rosendale’s Railroad Viaducts at 125 and 150! “Trestle” Anniversary l - Saturday, October 3rd
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Birthday Bridges: Rosendale’s Railroad Viaducts at 125 and 150! “Trestle” Anniversary lecture and walking tour with industrial historian Matt Kierstead
(meeting location tba)
An illustrated talk on the history and engineering of Rosendale’s two viaducts (not technically trestles!), followed by a visit to and discussion at the Rosendale Viaduct site from above and below. The original viaduct, begun in 1870 by the Watson Manufacturing Co., was replaced with the present viaduct by the King Bridge Co. in 1895 (completed 1896). 2020 marks the existing bridge’s 125th anniversary. Matt Kierstead specializes in documentation and interpretation of historic engineering, industrial and transportation resources, with particular interest in railroads, bridges, mining and mineral processing, and associated landscapes, and is currently working on projects for New York State Parks and segments of the Empire State Trail.