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Milanville-Skinners Falls Bridge

Bridges were essential to the development of Wayne County as the Delaware River formed the entire eastern boundary of the county. Early bridges were financed by stock companies which obtained the charter, retained the bridge company, and financed the project by collecting tolls. Early in the 1800's bridges were built at Cochecton and at Narrowsburg. Tolls charged at Narrowsburg were "four horse carriage: $1.00, two horse carriage: $1.75, one horse carriage: S.37 I/2. foot passengers: $.06, cattle the same." The iron bridge at Milanville was chartered in 1901 to the Milanville Bridge Company headed by Milton Skinner who had operated the ferry at this place on the river. The bridge was completed in 1902 but ice and high water in 1904 took out the New York section. It floated on the ice to Skinners Falls. Girders from the damaged section were used to make the repairs at a cost of $7.000. Tolls for crossing at Milanville were pedestrian $.03 and $.25 for a team of horses pulling a wagon. In 1928 'free bridge fever' hit the Milanville Bridge Company. The state government bought out the bridge company and it became part of the highway system. It was added to the National Register in 1988. Today the one lane bridge carries a nine-ton limit and is crossed by hundreds of cars daily.

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Line Drawing by Judith Hunt

From 1993 through 2008 the Honesdale National Bank published an annual wall calendar, each featured 13 historic sites. The sites were chosen and researched by a committee of the historical society and artwork was commissioned to Judy Hunt and William Amptman by the bank.

This page was one month of the calendar and was made possible through the Wayne County Commissioners and a Tourism Promotion Committee’s Tourism Grant.