Sunday, February 16, 2014

Photo of the Day: View From New Bridge, River Edge NJ

Well, it’s not such a “new bridge” now, but the site—and even the history behind it—remains impressive. I snapped this shot about three weeks ago, when I could actually get around outside in this virtually snowbound winter. This view in River Edge—just a few miles from me in Bergen County, NJ—was taken from “New Bridge,” a crossing strategically placed at the narrows of the Hackensack River. 

The first version of the bridge, from colonial days, gave passage to George Washington and his troops in November 1776, as they made their way from Fort Lee on their way to Trenton. The mill hamlet once here is now gone, but this particular patch of ground—and bend in the river—has been preserved in the form of Historic New Bridge Landing, to instruct visitors about the colonial, Revolutionary and early industrial periods of the United States.

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