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For Malgo, Gosia, Krzysztof, Kasia and all the other wonderful Polish TE members, this is the Tadeusz Kościuszko Bridge in Cohoes, NY. The bridge, which holds north and south portions of Interstate 87, runs over the Mohawk River, which meets the Hudson River just north of the New York capital of Albany. It meets at a very important spot: the start of the famed Erie Canal, which connects the Hudson River (and thus the Atlantic Ocean) to Lake Erie, about 360 miles away. Built between 1817 and 1825, it was a marvel of early American engineering that opened up the new Ohio River Valley territories and states to commercial traffic and cemented New York City's place as the top commercial center of the new country.

This bridge is named for another figure in early US history, as well as a hero in his own country of Poland: Tadeusz Kościuszko. Kościuszko moved to the United States and became an important figure in that war, taking charge of the construction of several key defenses, including the one at West Point, New York. He later moved back to Poland, where he fought the various partitions of that country by surrounding powers.

Kościuszko has a rather impressive roster of things named for him, both in Poland and in the US (curiously, a few more in the US) including cities and towns in five US states, two bridges (both in NY) and even a national memorial in Philadelphia.

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