Bridge of Boats
The Dix Bridge and Burgoyne's Bridge of Boats

The Dix Bridge formally joins Saratoga and Washington Counties bridging communities and inviting bicyclists, pedestrians, snowmobilers, and skiers to cross the Hudson River.

The site has great historic significance. If you were to stand in the center of the bridge and look to the north you would see the cuts in the river-bank where, in 1777 British General John Burgoyne's troops came and crossed the Hudson on "Bateaux" 30' long flat-bottomed, flat-sided, double-ended crafts. More than 6000 people traversed this area in the fall of 1777 and the crossing came to be known as Burgoyne's "Bridge of Boats".
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The photos show pins found along the riverbank just up stram from the Dix Bridge. These may have been the anchors for Burgoyne's Bridge of Boats. The boats used were called Bateaus and each was 30 feet long. The diagram (right) shows how the bridge of boats was constructed:

1. Spacing the bateaus like a floating trestle
2. Wooden beams could be laid across them
3. On top of the beams planks were set to make a roadway for the crossing.

Finally a ramp was constructed to connect the land road to the bridge. Today, on the East side of the river, you can still see the roadbed that was used by the Army to approach the bridge of boats.
To learn more about the British Invasion of 1777 and the battles that defeated General Burgoyne's Army visit: http://www.nps.gov/sara/
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