By: John W. Barry
The neighborhood was quiet.
The railroad that, in its heyday, funneled 3,500 train cars daily, 212 feet above the Hudson River, had long ago ceased operations.
For decades, the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge towered over the City of Poughkeepsie unused, a dilapidated relic haunting Hudson River views.
Today, the reimagined bridge is a signature sight for the mid-Hudson Valley.
In the 10 years since it was opened, the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park has hosted more than five million visitors and become a global destination that showcases the natural beauty for which the region is known.