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Posted by WiseAcre on Feb 8th, 2009

Winter Photographs of the Bridge and Dam at Madrid, NY

Feb 8

Madrid is a town divided. The old stone bridge has been closed for months. At first it was closed to heavy trucks but when further defects where found in May it was closed to all but pedestrian traffic.

Madrid Stone Bridge

Built in 1882 the bridge spans about 400 feet with nine stone archs. It’s hard to believe but the bridge was completed in 3 months at a cost of $17,000.

Madrid Bridge

Considered a historic landmark plans are to repair the bridge and preserve it’s appearance. There may be problems since the arch sections are dirt filled and no one seems to know just what to expect when work begins and the dirt removed.

Madrid Dam

I looked and found no information about when the dam was built. The only historic reference I found with a quick search was the mention of the stone being quarried for the bridge at one end of the dam. I can only assume the current dam was present when the bridge was built.

Madrid Dam

Oh Really?

No Swimming

As usual the photos are linked to larger images (1024 x 768) for a closer look or to use as desktop backgrounds.

9 Responses

  1. Ratty Says:

    I don’t usually think of how old a bridge like that really is. It gives me a good feeling when I find out about things like that. I’ve also been searching for a real dam to take pictures of too. The one I finally found is a little smaller than that one. And I love the way our changing seasons make these signs extra fun.:)

    I was surprised to find out how old the bridge actually was. It was even better when I learned the stone was quarried on the spot.

    I want to get some more dam photos too.

  2. Rainfield Says:

    1882, about 127 years back when it was first built. May be, I was there contributed to the construction of the bridge before I migrated to the Orient.
    But don’t ask me, I cannot remember any of the history because I had shed off my previous memory according to the belief before this new life.

    Don’t feel bad – I’ve shed too many memories of this life already. I’m just hoping it’s not a sign I’m about to start over already.

  3. Grammy Says:

    Great photos. You have some cool bridges around there. You have me wondering if we have any that are old. St. Louis destroyed most and built new. I will have to look and see if there are any here that are old.

    They don’t build them like they used to. And people wonder why I like stone 🙂

  4. HoneyB Says:

    Hmm, I wonder. I should ask the profs at work if they are involved with this at all? The one that could be is on sabbatical this year, so maybe not. I’m going to see what I can find out!

    I’ll be watching the renovation closely. I want to see the ‘guts’ of those arches and how they deal with the dirt fill in them. I’d hate to be the contractor since no one knows what they’re getting into until they open them up.

  5. Giddy Says:

    Hi Wisey,

    Just checking in after a long absence and sorry to hear you had been under the weather. Glad to see you are getting out and about again despite the frigid weather. Your pics, as always, are just great and I especially love the geese and ducks.

    Glad you stopped by. Hopefully the frigid temps are a thing of the past and we just go back to being very cold. Geese and ducks are OK for now but I can’t wait to see some summer birds.

  6. peppylady Says:

    I have an award for you.

    I hope it’s green and has a pic of Salmon P. Chase on it.

    note: for those wondering – Chase is on a $10,000 bill

  7. WiseAcre Gardens » Blog Archive » Madrid Dam – Winter Scenes Says:

    […] Other than the bridge and the lack of snow on the river ice there’s not much difference from: Last Year’s Dam Post […]

  8. george mattern Says:

    the current dam at madrid was built in 1918 (says so on the bulkhead) on the uptown side of the dam. There is a stone and wooden dam right up against the back of the current dam.

  9. Joe Says:

    I grew up fishing there in the 90’s. Spent most of my summers wading the same areas you have pictured. Caught a ton of smallmouth between the dam and just past the bridge. Pike, walleye, bullhead, and musky too. oh and salmon a couple of years which was a huge surprise to us. Even saw sturgeon a few times. Fish and wildlife would watch the sturgeon to make sure no one was trying to catch them.

    So many memories these pictures bring back. Thank you.