Dec 01 2018

Surveyor Clinton Robertson Photo Album: The Old Country Road Motor Parkway Bridge

In the third of the series of photos from surveyor Clinton A. Robertson's recently discovered construction album, the Motor Parkway Bridge under Old Country Road in Mineola/Carle Place/Garden City is featured.

Clinton A. Robertson's Long Island Motor Parkway Construction Photo Album
 While working as a surveyor on the Long Island Motor Parkway in 1908 and 1909, Clinton A. Robertson (above) documented the Motor Parkway construction  and his fellow workers with his trusty camera. Lost for 109 years, Robertson's photo scrapbook with 84 amazing images of the Motor Parkway was recently purchased for $20 in a New Jersey flea market and resold on Ebay for over $3,000.
Howard Kroplick


Old Country Road-1909

The Old Country Road Motor Parkway Bridge was a "highway" bridge, since the Motor Parkway went under the bridge.

Old Country Road is the border line between the Town of North Hempstead and the Town of Hempstead.

View looking southwest, the west abutment.

View looking south towards Garden City.

View looking north towards Mineola.

The Mineola LIRR Motor Parkway Bridge can be seen through the Old Country Road Bridge.

View looking south from the Mineola LIRR Motor Parkway Briage.


Dec 01 2018 frank femenias 8:39 PM

Great photographs! Never thought the day would come to see these long lost images of a roadway view facing the Old Country Rd bridge, and also a roadway view on top of the Mineola RR bridge. It’s the closest to actually driving on the Motor Parkway 100+ years later. Fantastic images Howard!

Dec 02 2018 Joseph DeBono 2:56 AM

These are really great photographs !

Dec 02 2018 Kenneth Harris 9:24 AM

Keep up the good work—nice pictures

Dec 02 2018 Brian D McCarthy 2:20 PM

Looking at the west abutment image, there’s a square sign or plaque on the right upper corner of the abutment. The unfinished “Mayan Ruins” abutment had a similar sign in the same corner. And there’s also the lower walls that the remaining abutment in R/O Pell Terrace has. Being that a large amount of dirt had to be dug out for bridge clearance, the extended lower walls were definitely for retaining.

Dec 02 2018 Steve Lucas 5:23 PM

Brings back great childhood memories. I spent many hours with my friends on top of the LIRR bridge in the 1950’s throwing rocks at the trains below. Sure hope the statute of limitations has passed.

Dec 03 2018 rita hesse 12:23 AM

Great photos in this collection   Enjoy each time I view this site Thank you   W P Historical Committee

Dec 04 2018 frank femenias 1:44 PM

Brian - Great catch!!! Great Scott, I overlooked it. The sign is identical to the Mayan Ruins’ sign placement. The trees are different in the back. Sending Howard the pic.

Steve - You cracked me up this time.

Dec 05 2018 Brian D McCarthy 3:07 PM

Revising my comment here. After zooming in onto the lone abutment image, what I thought was a plaque is actually a SHADOW. So the “space” between the top ends of the abutment is for the roadway, Old Country Rd. Fairly certain that’s a temp backing on the opposite side of the abutment while the concrete hardens.

Dec 10 2018 Joe Oesterle 1:02 PM

How much of this bridge is possibly still buried under the ground?

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