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Looking Back 3/22

In May 1888, a construction contract was awarded to David Kellam for $9,000. A year later, the Little Equinunk Bridge Company completed building the Kellam-Stalker Bridge.

The one-lane steel suspension bridge was a privately owned toll bridge until 1932, when it was purchased by the NY/PA Joint Bridge Commission for $10,000. A major rebuild in 1936 added steel towers, trusses, a deck, and new cables to the unique bridge. The photo shows workers on the 1936 rebuild.

The Kellam-Stalker Bridge remains one of the area’s only functional one-lane suspension bridges. The bridge is currently undergoing a $4.49 million renovation to replace many elements damaged by weather and time, and has been closed to traffic during the renovation; drivers on Route 97 near Callicoon will have noticed the detour signs.

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