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Green Island, Albany County

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Inventory Number: NY/32-01-12x / NY-42-37x
County: Albany County / Rensselaer County
Township: Colonie - Troy
Town/Village: Green Island
Bridge Name: Green Island
Crosses: Hudson River
Truss type: Town
Spans: 10
Length: 1616'
Roadway Width:
Built: 1835
Builder: Isaac Damon & Joseph Hayward
When Lost: 1884
Cause: Replaced
Directions: Rensselaer & Saratoga Railroad at Troy.
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One lane served the railroad and the other was for highway traffic. The bridge was later split at Starbuck's Island to provide access to an iron foundry. Sparks from a locomotive ignited the eastern side of the bridge in May 1862. The fire destroyed 507 buildings in downtown Troy. The burned section was replaced and the two sections continued to serve traffic until being replaced in 1879 and 1884. On September 23, 1865, the Vermont & Albany locomotive "Jay Gould" backed out of the open draw span and fell into the Hudson River.
Allen, Richard Sanders. Old North Country Bridges, 1983, pages 12-14

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