Burr Bridge

Before the Western Gateway bridge was built, the Burr Bridge connected Scotia and Schenectady. In 1808, the 997-foot Burr Bridge was completed. spanning the Mohawk River between Schenectady and Scotia, NY. It was a covered wooden bridge until 1871, and then replaced with an iron bridge, which was condemned in 1926 and removed in 1936.

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1860 Map
1860 Map

Designed by Theodore Burr - cousin of Aaron Burr
Burr Bridge

Burr Bridge

Note: "One Dollar Fine for crossing this bridge faster than on a walk"
Burr Bridge

The Turf Tavern in Scotia has some nice historical photos of the bridge
Burr Bridge
Burr Bridge

The wooden suspension bridge was dismantled and replaced with a new iron bridge in 1871 to 1874.
Burr Bridge 1930 Topo

This iron bridge was referred to as the Glenville Bridge or the Washington Avenue Bridge.
Iron Bridge

Bing Aerials show the old footings/abutments
Burr Bridge
Scotia

Burr Bridge
Schenectady

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