This bridge over Bull Run was the site of the first shots fired of the Civil War. The original bridge from that time was destroyed by the retreating Confederate army in 1862 so it would be harder for the Union to follow. Today the rebuilt bridge runs very close to a much more modern bridge that carries US Highway 29 over Bull Run. The bridge sits near the eastern edge of the Manassas National Battlefield Park.
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July 21, 1853: The New York state legislature sets aside the irregular and rather undesirable land bounded by 59th and 106th Streets and Fifth and Eighth Avenues for public use, which, after much planning and transformation, will become Central Park.
Andreas Feininger, Central Park Lake, 1940. Gelatin silver photograph. New-York Historical Society # 82888d