Walkway Over the Hudson Oral History

The Hudson River Valley Institute worked throughout 2008-2009 with Walkway over the Hudson and the Dyson Foundation to create an oral history of the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge. The following interviews were conducted with individuals who are, or were, connected with the effort to save this treasure, as well as historians, scientists, former railroad engineers, and area residents who had a story to tell about the bridge in their life.

We have provided a PDF transcription of each interview below, and will be adding audio files soon.

Michael Asbill , artist

Ted Baker

Dick Coller , vice chair, Walkway board

Dave Conover , Education Director Clearwater

Nancy Cozean (Video excerpt, courtesy of Walkway Over the Hudson)

Linda Curtis , Earthkind Energy

Craig Fisher , Professor, Marist College

Richard Foy former President, Marist College

(Video excerpt, courtesy of Walkway Over the Hudson)

Steve Gould

Richard & Keenan Humphrey , Hudson River Rowing Association

Suzanne Isaksen , Maybrook Historian

Tom Lake , Environmentalist/Professor Dutchess County Community College

(Video Excerpt, courtesy of Walkway Over the Hudson)

Father Richard La Morte , Chaplain, Marist College, former Pastor, Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Ed Loedy , Architect

Carleton Mabee , Historian and Author

Tony Marano (Video excerpt, courtesy of Walkway Over the Hudson)

Shirley McClintock , descendent of bridge engineer John O'Rourke

Peter Mclachlan

Judy Moran , Walkway Board member, he father worked on the bridge

John Mylod , environmentalist

Michael O’Connor , attorney

Donald Pevsner , attorney, consumer advocate

Fred Pizzuto , New York State Bridge Authority

Bernie Riley

David Ringwood , Community Foundation of Dutchess County

Edward Ringwood , whose uncle fought the fire on the bridge

David Rocco , Walkway Board member

Louis Rossi

Bernard Rudberg , author and railroad historian

(Video excerpt, courtesy of Walkway Over the Hudson)

Fred Schaeffer , Chairman, Walkway Over the Hudson

Peter Sala , sailor, salvage yard operator, real estate agent

Matt Smith , volunteer, diver

Ned Sullivan , President of Scenic Hudson

Harold Tartell , firefighter, fought the 1974 fire

Andrew and John Tkazyik , owner of Andy's Place and Mayor of Poughkeepsie

Milo Tsukroff , former Walkway board member

Vivian Wadlin , former Walkway board member, publisher of About Town

Mary Yankajtis , educator  (Video excerpt, courtesy of Walkway Over the Hudson)

Louis Zuccarello , Professor, Marist College

Additional Resources

Adriance Memorial Library Local History Collection Finding Aid

Rossi Collection Finding Aid