Catskills, Then and Now: Millbrook Covered Bridge

April 04, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Hardenburgh, Ulster County

 

The Millbrook Covered bridge, also known as the Grant Mills Covered Bridge, was originally constructed in 1902 by Edgar Marks, his son Orrin Marks and Wesley Alton. Bridge construction, assisted by local craftsman, took place over the course of nearly seven months, opening to traffic on December 8, 1902.

 

The town lattice truss bridge is approximately 17 feet wide and 69 feet long as it crosses the Mill Brook. The bridge is located in the town of Hardenburgh in Ulster County, less than a ½ mile from the border with Delaware County. The single lane bridge is closed to vehicular traffic. The Millbrook Covered Bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

“The Millbrook valley has long been known as one of the beauty spots of the Catskills, if not the entire state. Residents of the area should make a “get acquainted” trip over this road some day this summer. Go over the Barkaboom or Beech hill mountain, then up the Beaverkill and back to the Millbrook valley by Cross mountain. Folks will never believe there is such breathtaking beauty till once they have seen it.” – Catskill Mountain News, May 28, 1954

 

This vintage postcard with the title "Millbrook Bridge" was taken by famed photographer Bob Wyer of Delhi, New York. My photograph was taken approximately 40-50 years later in the autumn of 2014.

 

Millbrook BridgeMillbrook BridgeThis vintage postcard with the title "Millbrook Bridge" was taken by famed photographer Bob Wyer of Delhi, New York.

Bob Wyer is one of the most prolific photographers in the history of the Catskills. His photographic career included shooting just about everything, such as passport photos, chauffer licenses, hunting licenses, high school yearbooks, formal portraits, special occasions such as birthdays and weddings, young babies, local stores, hotels and businesses, accidents, insurance claims, crime scenes, landscapes, parades and local news events. There was nothing that Bob couldn’t and wouldn’t photograph. Upon his retirement, Bob donated his extensive collection of over 150,000 photos to the Delaware County Historical Association. The collection is a virtual time capsule of the region from the late 1930s to the 1970s.

The Millbrook Covered bridge, formerly known as the Grant Mills Bridge, was originally constructed in 1902 by Edgar Marks, his son Orrin Marks and Wesley Alton.Millbrook Covered BridgeHardenburgh, Ulster County

The Millbrook Covered bridge, also known as the Grant Mills Covered Bridge, was originally constructed in 1902 by Edgar Marks, his son Orrin Marks and Wesley Alton. Bridge construction, assisted by local craftsman, took place over the course of nearly seven months, opening to traffic on December 8, 1902.
The town lattice truss bridge is approximately 17 feet wide and 69 feet long as it crosses the Mill Brook. The bridge is located in the town of Hardenburgh in Ulster County, less than a ½ mile from the border with Delaware County. The single lane bridge is closed to vehicular traffic. The Millbrook Covered Bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

“The Millbrook valley has long been known as one of the beauty spots of the Catskills, if not the entire state. Residents of the area should make a “get acquainted” trip over this road some day this summer. Go over the Barkaboom or Beech hill mountain, then up the Beaverkill and back to the Millbrook valley by Cross mountain. Folks will never believe there is such breath taking beauty till once they have seen it.
Catskill Mountain News, May 28, 1954

 

 


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