Bow Bridge was built in 1862 and is the second oldest cast iron bridge in America. The photo is dated ca. 1865. The cast iron urns disappeared in the 1920s but have recently been replaced with exact replicas.
Two of the more prominent sculptures in Central Park are those of Daniel Webster and Shakespeare. Webster’s was dedicated in 1876 and is seen here in a 1905 photo. Shakespeare’s was dedicated in 1872 and is seen in a 1934 photo.
Belvidere Castle was designed in 1865 and was quickly dubbed the “Victorian Folly.” Great to look at, it actually had no purpose until 1919 when it started to collect weather data and continues to do so to this day. The photo is dated 1906.
Central Park in New York City opened in 1857 when America had only 31 states. Major construction began 4 years before the Civil War started and continued through the war with final completion being in 1873. Twenty-five million people a year visit Central Park. It is one of the most filmed locations in the world. … Continue reading
The Mall ends at the Terrace, which was built between the years 1859 and 1864 and was the first completed structure. Along with the Bethesda Fountain nearby, the area is considered to be the heart of Central Park. The first photo is dated 1862 and shows the Terrace under construction.
At the foot of the Terrace stairs is the Bethesda Fountain also known as the Angel of the Water. It was completed in 1873 and was designed by Emma Stebbins, a ground breaking event for women during that era. The first photo is dated 1905 and the third was taken in 1920
Central Park can be enjoyed year round as seen here in photos dated 1888 and ca. 1900.