Our Story


  • 2018

    Ulster Welcome Center opens to the public. Groundbreaking on Dutchess Welcome Center at the east entrance in Poughkeepsie.
  • 2017

    Construction began on Ulster Welcome Center at the west entrance in Highland.
  • 2016

    Walkway Over the Hudson inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame with Ulster County's Hudson Valley Rail Trail and the William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail.
  • 2016

    Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans to construct welcome centers at each of Walkway's entrances.
  • 2014

    New 21-story riverfront elevator opened, connecting Walkway State Historic Park to Upper Landing Park and the Poughkeepsie waterfront.
  • 2013

    The renovated Upper Landing Park opened.
  • 2012

    The Dyson Foundation purchased the Upper Landing and began work to convert it into a park to serve as the entrance point to a new Walkway riverfront elevator.
  • 2012

    Walkway Over the Hudson achieved a new Guinness World Record for the longest line of dancers with a line of 2,569 people dancing the Hokey Pokey on the Walkway.
  • 2009

    Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park opened to the public, October 3, 2009.
  • 2008

    After a groundbreaking held in May, construction work began to transform the bridge into a pedestrian park.
  • 2007

    Walkway Over the Hudson partnered with the Dyson Foundation to access public and private funding in order to transform the bridge into the world's largest pedestrian park.
  • 1998

    Walkway Over the Hudson assumes ownership of the bridge.
  • 1992

    Walkway Over the Hudson began its efforts to provide public access to the bridge and link rail trails on both sides of the Hudson.
  • 1974

    Fire severely damaged the tracks, ending almost a century of continuous use.
  • World War II

    Through the war, the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge carried troops to be shipped overseas. At its height, 3,500 train cars crossed the bridge on a daily basis.
  • 1889

    Trains started crossing and at that time it was the longest bridge in the world.
  • 1888

    The bridge opened in December and was considered a technological wonder.
  • 1873

    The first cornerstone of the bridge was laid.
  • 1871

    The Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge was chartered.
  • 1868

    An article in the Poughkeepsie Journal introduced the idea of building a railroad bridge across the Hudson.