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Thread #153554   Message #3596696
Posted By: Joe Offer
30-Jan-14 - 12:03 AM
Thread Name: Tappan Zee Bridge/Pete Seeger
Subject: RE: Tappan Zee Bridge/Pete Seeger
The Tappan Zee in the land of Sleepy Hollow is one of the most beautiful spots along the Hudson River (especially when the trees are in autumn color), and I'd hate for its colorful name to be forgotten. The current bridge is now officially the Governor Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge, named twenty years ago after a forgotten governor. Maybe Malcolm Wilson's family would be offended, but I think it would be wonderful to name it the Pete Seeger Tappan Zee Bridge, and I guarantee that name wouldn't be forgotten. If not there, there's a great walking bridge (click) across the Hudson at Poughkeepsie that could use Pete's blessing. It's only 15 miles upstream from Pete's home in Beacon, while the Tappan Zee bridge is 34 miles downstream and getting into an urban area. The converted railroad bridge at Poughkeepsie was opened as Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park on October 3, 2009, as a pedestrian walkway, making it the longest footbridge in the world. I think Pete would love to be patron saint of the longest footbridge in the world.
I love bridges, and these are two of my favorites.