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On the very long 8 mile road to Great Camp Santanoni in the Preserve there were probably 5 bridges that were made by Robert Pruyn himself when the camp was made.  The road itself cost $100,000 back in the 1890s which is the equivalent of Millions today and was harder to make than the camp buildings which numbered 31.

Here we cross one of the bridges on our horse drawn wagon as we take the 2 hour ride towards Great Camp Santanoni.  They designed the bridges with low rails that allowed for a view and this was seen by early guests to the camp like James Fennimore Cooper, and Rensselaer, and Theodore Roosevelt.  NY State copied them and used them in their state park system and then the National Parks adopted this style where long logs or stone walls were used.  (This particular bridge was modernized to steel pipe and thin board).

ISO 800, F/16, 1/500 sec, 24 mm Lens

ISO 800, F/16, 1/500 sec, 24 mm Lens

You can see some Fall color peaking out on the deciduous trees there on the low mountains.

ISO 800, F/16, 1/750 sec, 45 mm Lens

ISO 800, F/16, 1/750 sec, 45 mm Lens

 

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