Historic Pelham

Presenting the rich history of Pelham, NY in Westchester County: current historical research, descriptions of how to research Pelham history online and genealogy discussions of Pelham families.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Board of Supervisors of Westchester County Vote to Build New Iron Bridge to Replace Pelham Bridge in 1869

Periodically I have posted to the Historic Pelham Blog items relating to the area around Pelham Bridge. That area once was part of the Town of Pelham but, today, is within Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx. New York City annexed the area in 1895 (effective in 1896). For examples of a few such postings, see:

Tuesday, May 15, 2007: The Owner of the Pelham Bridge Hotel Sold it for the Princely Sum of $22,000 in 1869

Monday, May 14, 2007: Plans to Widen Shore Road in the Town of Pelham in 1869

Friday, May 11, 2007: A Sad Attempted Suicide at Pelham Bridge in 1869

Tuesday, June 28, 2005: The Hotel and Bar Room at Pelham Bridge

In 1869, the Westchester County Board of Supervisors voted to appropriate funds to replace the old wooden Pelham Bridge with a new iron structure. A brief news item describing the decision is transcribed below, followed by a citation to its source.

""NEW BRIDGE AT PELHAM. -- The old wooden bridge connecting Pelham with Westchester village having been reported by the committee appointed to investigate the matter as in an unsafe condition, the Supervisors of Westchester county have appropriated $30,000 for the building of an iron one, the work to be done at once."

Source: Westchester County - New Bridge at Pelham, N. Y. Herald, Dec. 6, 1869, p. 10, col. 3.

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