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This historic bridge spanning the Catskill Creek in Leeds, New York is one of the oldest bridges in the state. Prior to the stone arch bridge seen today, a wooden bridge existed at the site which was partially washed away in 1760 by spring rains. With half of the bridge missing, two stone arches were built on the east end to replace them. By 1785, the remaining wooden portion of the bridge was destroyed in a fire, so in 1792, the two western arches were constructed.

“on Thursday the 26th ult. was completed the erecting of a bridge over Catskill Creek about five miles from this landing, on the great road to the back settlements. This bridge for magnitude and elegance of structure is inferior to none in the state.”

The Catskill Packet of August 6, 1792

South of the bridge was the traditional fording place for local Indians and European settlers before the construction of a bridge in the 18th century.

Just south of the bridge, on the west side of the creek was the first log house in the village, built in 1675.

In the 1930s, the bridge was widened and reinforced.

References:

http://www.historic-structures.com/ny/leeds/leeds_bridge.php

 

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