Today’s Fun Foto Friday may not be very fun for rail fans and admirers of the old Hojack Swing Bridge near the Port of Rochester. This is an aerial photo of where the bridge used to be. The shot was taken just a few days ago, on January 14, by Bob Biakowski. Here’s what it looked like before it was dismantled…
The Hojack Swing Bridge was built by the King Bridge Company (see references) for the New York Central Railroad in 1905, replacing a previous bridge . It served part the Rome, Watertown and Ogdensburg Railroad (RW&O) line, commonly known as The Hojack Line , which operated along the south shore of Lake Ontario from Niagara Falls to Oswego. The US Coast Guard had declared the nearly 100-year-old bridge a navigation hazard for boaters, and ordered CSX Corporation to remove it from the Genesee River. Obviously, efforts to save the bridge , though valiant, ultimately fell far short.
You can see more photos of the bridge’s demise here …if that sort of thing brings you joy.
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