Looking Backward: Hamburg Street Bridge

by / Oct. 24, 2017 10pm EST

The Hamburg Street Bridge is one of dozens that elevate public rights-of-way above the city’s rail network. The bridges and viaducts erected at the direction of the Buffalo Grade Crossing Commission, established by New York State in 1888, transformed the relationship of neighborhoods to one another. The commission set out to eliminate all grade crossings in the city, “to the end that the people may be enabled to recover the right to use their streets in safety, and that the slaughter of our citizens at the street crossings may be stopped.” The original bridge is shown here in about 1960 and well ahead of its replacement in 1998. Six boys, presumably from the Hydraulics, are present on the bridge. Do you recognize any of them?