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Title Fresh Kills Bridge
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date June 6, 1896
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print on black cardboard mount. View of a large crowd of people standing on a bridge with metal supports and a wooden roadway. In foreground, twelve boys and girls stand across the bridge holding a long garland of leaves and flowers; a large number of men stand behind them on the bridge; another part of the crowd is seen on another structure at left. Printed inscription at bottom left: "FRESH KILLS BRIDGE"; handwritten on photo: "File Bridges".
(Keywords: New York)
Print size 6.75 x 9
Acquisition Gift of Mrs. Andrew M. Eagon
Ownership and History This photo marks the opening of a new bridge connecting the areas of Greenridge and New Springville, Staten Island. The first bridge in that location was built in 1853, but was poorly constructed and was soon impassable. The new structure, an iron drawbridge, was officially opened on June 6, 1896, and the event was celebrated with a parade, fireworks, and speeches.
Earliest Date 1896
Latest Date 1896
Subjects Bridges
Celebrations
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 49.015.0002
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, March 2016.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.