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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 and video of each listed below. 

Michael Asbill (Artist)
Transcript
Video

Ted Baker
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Video

Dick Coller (Vice President, Walkway Board)
Transcript
Video

Dave Conover (Education Director Clearwater) 
Transcript 

Nancy Cozean
Transcript
Video

Linda Curtis (Earthkind Energy)
Transcript
Video

Craig Fisher (Professor, Marist College)
Transcript
Video

Richard Foy (Former President, Marist College)
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Video

Steve Gould

Richard & Keenan Humphrey (Hudson River Rowing Association)
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Video

Suzanne Isaksen (Maybrook Historian)
Transcript

Tom Lake (Environmentalist/Professor at Dutchess Community College)
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Video

Father Richard La Morte (Chaplain, Marist College, Former Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel)
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Video

Edmond Loedy (Architect)
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Video

Carleton Mabee (Historian & Author)
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Video

Tony Marano
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Video

Shirley McClintock (Descendent of Bridge Engineer John O'Rourke)
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Video

Peter Mclachlan

Judy Moran (Walkway Board Member, Daughter of Bridge Worker)
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Video

John Mylod (Environmentalist)
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Michael O’Connor (Attorney)
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Donald Pevsner (Attorney & Consumer Advocate)
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Fred Pizzuto (New York State Bridge Authority)
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Bernie Riley
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Video

David Ringwood (Community Foundation of Dutchess County)
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Video

Edward Ringwood (Nephew of Bridge Firefighter)
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Video

David Rocco (Walkway Board Member)
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Video

Louis Rossi

Bernard Rudberg (Author & Railroad Historian)
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Video

Fred Schaeffer (Chairman, Walkway Over the Hudson)
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Peter Sala (Sailor, Salvage Yard Operator, & Real Estate Agent)
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Video

Matt Smith (Volunteer & Diver)
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Video

Ned Sullivan (President, Scenic Hudson)
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Harold Tartell (Firefighter for the 1974 Fire)
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Andrew and John Tkazyik (Owner of Andy's Place, Mayor of Poughkeepsie)
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Video

Milo Tsukroff (Former Walkway Board Member)
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Video

Vivian Wadlin (Former Walkway Board Member & Publisher of About Town)
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Video

Mary Yankajtis (Educator)
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Video

Louis Zuccarello (Professor, Marist College)
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Video

John Fasulo
Video

Additional Resources

Adriance Memorial Library Local History Collection Finding Aid

Rossi Collection Finding Aid

 

 

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