If a County Executive in upstate New York's Ulster County has his way, there will soon be
a Levon Helm Memorial Bridge in the town of Hurley. The Daily Freeman reports that yesterday,
County Executive Michael Hein proposed naming a soon-to-be-opened, rebuilt bridge over the
Esopus Creek in honor of the late The Band drummer yesterday.
[Photo by Jeremy Gordon]
“This particular area, the farmland of Hurley, was close to his heart and he would visit
often – sometimes with fellow musicians for an impromptu concert at Gill’s farmstand,”
Hein told the Daily Freeman. “He was an ambassador for our musical and cultural heritage
and a tireless advocate for our farmers, farmland and open space.”
Now Hein has to convince the county Legislature to name the bridge after Helm as a
“fitting honor to a global musical icon for whom a special place is reserved in the heart
of Ulster County.”
The proposal comes one year after a stretch of road near Levon's barn/home/studio was
dedicated as Levon Helm Memorial Boulevard.
Helm rose to fame as a member of The Band and hosted many Rambles on his compound in the
years before his 2012 death.
[Published on: 7/31/14]