Walking the Post Road

Crossing the Bronx River at the site of Williams Bridge on what is today Gun Hill Road.  The area of the Bronx west of the river was annexed to New York City in 1874, while the portion to the east of the river joined New York in 1895. Together, these two areas on the mainland formed the Borough of the Bronx in 1898, one of the five boroughs of New York City.

“Yet I will look upon thy face again,

My own romantic Bronx, and it will be

A face more pleasant than the face of men.”

Joseph Rodman Drake,

“To The Bronx,” 1818.


  1. 1.Stephen Jenkins, The Story of the Bronx ( New York: Putnam, 1912), 5. I used Jenkins for most of my information on the Bronx, and he does a particularly good job of describing the route of the old road as well as elucidating the complicated patchwork that make up the territory of the Bronx.

  2. 2.Ibid., 215.

  3. 3. J.P. Brissot de Warville, New Travels, 89. 

  4. 4.Manasseh Cutler, Life, 226.

  5. 5.Jenkins, 7.

  6. 6.John McNamara, History in Asphalt: The Origin of Bronx Street and Place Names, 3rd ed. (Bronx County Historical Society, 1991).

Distance Walked in the Entry: 5.83 miles

Total Distance Walked in New York State:  20.4 miles

Total Distance Walked for this Project (from Boston):  334.0 miles

Distance Remaining to New York (Bowling Green):  14.5 miles