Theodore Burr, the cousin of vice president Aaron Burr, arrived in Oxford, New York in 1792. He was an engineer, inventor and the namesake of a bridge design that made covered bridges more stable and capable of supporting heavier loads. Burr’s design combined two different techniques, arch and truss, to create a new and durable type of structure. Sometime around 1804, Burr built the first “sizable bridge” crossing on the Hudson River, at Waterford, New York and is also credited with building the first stringer bridge across the Chenango River at Oxford.
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Photos Courtesy of:
Chenango County Historical Society
Delaware County Historical Association
Library of Congress