America's Historic Towns and Oldest Places
These very unique attractions may not be historic towns of the US or oldest places in America. But they certainly hold their own respective, notable records. Some are even listed on the National Register of Historic Places. So we think they are worth listing as notable attractions that we have visited during our excursion of historic towns across America. Enjoy the pics. We have also provided links to hotels so that you can book your stay close to each of these attractions. And during your travels you may even to cross paths with some historic towns in the US along the way !
Est. in 1889: America's, and World's, Longest Elevated Pedestrian Bridge.
In October 2009, the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park opened as a legacy project of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial. The park provides access to the Hudson River's breathtaking landscape for pedestrians, hikers, joggers, bicyclists, and people with disabilities. The bridge deck stands 212 feet above the river's surface and is 6,768 feet (1.28 miles) long, making it the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. The Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge was built in the late 19th century to link New York and New England to an extensive, nationwide railway network. For decades, it was a major rail corridor for both freight and passengers.
After a fire in 1974, the bridge was abandoned and sat for decades as an orphaned relic. The park was made possible due to the unwavering commitment of the community, who, through a non-profit organization called Walkway Over the Hudson, forged a public-private partnership involving the State of New York, the federal government, neighboring municipalities, private corporations and other not for profit groups. The amazing result of this partnership is Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, one of the Hudson Valley's top attractions. Ride the glass elevator up to the park or down to the Poughkeepsie waterfront and be treated to great views of the surrounding scenery and the structure of the bridge. The elevator is located at Upper Landing Park (83 N. Water Street, Poughkeepsie, NY), a short walk from the Poughkeepsie Train Station. While there is no vehicular parking at Upper Landing, parking can be found in the surrounding area.
Est. in 1908: America's Oldest Baseball Ballpark Although not the oldest sports venue in America (see our Saratoga Race track page for that) Cardines Field is the oldest ballpark in America. And since we are such big baseball fans we collectively agreed it deserved a notable mention. The land this ballpark sits on was known as "The Basin", because it served as a source of water for steam locomotives. This practice was stopped because locals were complaining about stagnant water. In 1908 a group of New York, New Haven, and Hartford railroad employees cleared some of the land and started a baseball league, which was disbanded later due to broken windows. That was when the construction of the original backstop of the ballpark began. In 1919 the railroad granted permission to the George S. Donnelly Sunset League, which is still going strong today, to use the field. In 1936, the City of Newport purchased the land outright and made many improvements to it. In 2001 the New England Collegiate Baseball League's Newport Gulls started to play here. Many baseball legends, such as Jimmy Foxx, Larry Doby, and Satchel Paige all have played here. Seating capacity is 3,000. Cardines Field is home of the Newport Gulls of the New England Collegiate Baseball League.