Pieces of Rensselaer Falls’s past, buried for more than 80 years, now on display
RENSSELAER FALLS – Part of Rensselaer Falls’ history, which had been buried for more than 80 years, has been uncovered and is now on display.
Four large foundation abutment stones buried since 1930 that were used in 1892 for construction of the downtown bridge across the Oswegatchie River, were dug out of the ground and saved this summer, according to Kyle Hartman. He runs River House Wares & Restoration at 312 Front Street and his wife, Sally, operates Ladies’ First Gallery inside Morrison’s at 208 Front St.Two of the foundation stones are now on display at the grist mill and the other two will soon be located at River House, he said.
Hartman said the large abutment stones were used in 1892 when the original covered bridge was replaced.
Then, in 1930, that bridge was replaced with a newer structure, and the old abutment stones were buried.
The foundation stones were not uncovered until 82 years later this summer. It occurred when construction crews began building the soon-to-open bridge to carry traffic on County Route 14 from one side of the river to the other.