From the Observer; May 1969

"The Sullivan County Historical Society, long a champion for the rights of the handlaid bridge to live on in the history of the county, has succeeded in preserving the bridge. Fighting along with the Society was Joe Purcell, director of the County Planning Board and a member of the Society.

"At the Monday, April 14 Board of Supervisors' meeting, the Board voted to take options on three parcels of land at the site of the bridge as a parks and recreation site.

"The Historical Society is working also on saving the Roebling Bridge, which was the experimental model for the Brooklyn Bridge. The bridge has been declared a national monument and a plaque is to be placed on it. However, nothing else is to be done to save the bridge. Some members of the local historical group have mumbled that it the plaque is put on the bridge and nothing else done to it, the weight of the plaque may be the downfall of the bridge."