New York: L.W. Ahrens Co., [ca. 1885?]. Chromolithograph, 21.5 x 28 inches. Matted. Minor wear, soiling, and a couple of modern pencil annotations at lower corners. Very good plus. Item #1775
A fine image of a proposed railroad bridge across the Hudson River, just north of Peekskill, New York. Plans to build a bridge over the Hudson River at the site between Fort Clinton and Anthony's Nose had been made as early as 1868. A contract was signed the following year and construction was expected to commence rapidly on the Hudson Highland Suspension Bridge. The purpose of the bridge was to provide a railroad toward Derby, Connecticut, enabling the supply of coal and iron for industry in the Lower Naugatuck Valley. By 1887 reports suggested the bridge would be finished in two years, but by 1896 it was still unfinished when the Hudson Suspension Bridge and New England Railway Company reincorporated as the Hudson Highland Bridge and Railway Company. As a result of the long depressions, including stock market crashes of 1873 and 1893, the bridge remained unfinished and the charter for construction expired in 1916. In March 1922, the state authorized the creation of the Bear Mountain Hudson River Bridge Company to complete the project. The bridge was opened on November 27, 1924, and was the longest suspension bridge span in the world at the time, but looked markedly different from the proposed bridge in this lithograph, which bears a passing resemblance to the Brooklyn Bridge.