The Tusten Stone Arch Bridge which was constructed in 1896 by William H. Hankins (who was commonly known as Uncle Billy), a local timber raftsman, stone mason and postmaster. The beautiful stone arch bridge crosses the Ten Mile River just northeast of its confluence with the Delaware River. The two arch bridge was constructed using native bluestone, is roughly 40.7 feet long, 15 feet wide, is included on the National Register of Historic Places. and continues to operate as a single lane vehicle bridge for local traffic as well as foot traffic for a nearby hiking trail. The bridge and the surrounding town is named in honor of Dr. Benjamin Tusten, an American militia volunteer and physician. Dr. Tusten was killed as he tended to wounded soldiers at the Battle of Minisink on July 22, 1779, less than ten miles to the south of this settlement. The bridge and the surrounding land have been owned since 1927 by Greater New York Councils of the Boy Scouts of America for their use an educational camp as part of the Ten Mile River Scout Camps. Through an agreement with the National Park Service, the bridge is publicly accessible along the beginning section of the 3 mile Tusten Mountain Trail, a hike with outstanding scenery of the Upper Delaware Valley.
To visit the bridge, I veered off of NY 97 (a scenic byway in its own right) in the Town of Tusten and followed the Ten Mile River Road down to the bridge and found a place to park. On the hot July day I visited, the Ten Mile River was busy, but not super packed, with people enjoying the natural environment as well as the bridge itself. I was more content with getting a few pictures, soaking in my surroundings for a few minutes and going on my merry way.
In 2019 the Gribblenation Blog Series covered the history of the Hyde Street Pier and the original surface alignment of US Route 101 in San Francisco. Given the Golden Gate Bridge opened to traffic in May of 1937 coupled with the fact that the Sign State Routes had been announced in August of 1934 there were still some open questions regarding the original highway alignments in San Francisco. Namely the question of this blog is; where was California State Route 1 prior to the completion of the Golden Gate Bridge? Thanks the to the discovery of a 1936 Shell Highway Map of San Francisco and the California Highways & Public Works the answer can be conveyed clearly. Part 1; the history of early California State Route 1 in San Francisco The genesis point for California State Route 1 ("CA 1") in San Francisco dates to 1933. 1933 was significant due to the State Legislature allowing the Division of Highways to assume maintenance of highways in Cities for the first time.