Spearheaded by the Neighborhood Association of Sodus Point, a new historicplaque commemorating the Coal Trestle has been now been installed. Theplaque has been placed on the bay side of Route 14 at the site of where thecoal trestle used to stand near the present day Sodus Bay Marina. Thestructure that the plaque is mounted on was made to resemble the coaltrestle structure and has two railroad rails; one on each side of theplaque. The plaque has two photos of the coal trestle. One photo is with acoal ship being loaded with coal from the trestle. The other photo depictsthe coal trestle on fire. The plaque also has a QR code in the lower rightcorner so those with a smart phone, IPAD or other tablet can access theget additional photos and information about the coal trestle. The coaltrestle was an important part of the economy of Sodus Point from 1872 untilit closed in 1967. In November 1971, it burned down during the process ofdismantling it to make way for a marina. At its peak, this icon of SodusPoint was 800 feet in length and 60 feet in height, with eight pockets andchutes. The yearly tonnage of coal shipments increased from 32,174 in 1872to 2,401,676 tons in 1956. However, in the mid 1960s when boats were beingbuilt that could carry 25,000 to 28,000 tons of coal, the Sodus Point coaltrestle, with its antiquated coal dumping operation and small coal storagearea, found it could not compete with other more modern facilities. Aspecial thanks to Mark Vande and Barb Clayton who designed the Coal Trestleplaque structure. Also special thanks to Bill Huff, Jr. for the use of hisphotos on the plaque and Sandi Saracen (Ontario Midland Railroad Corp.) whodonated the railroad rails for the plaque structure. Finally a thanks goesto Paul Parker (South Shore Wood Products) who built and installed theplaque structure. With the completion of this plaque, the infrastructure of17 sites for Historic Sodus Point is now in place. This includes sevenplaques, seven murals and three interpretive panels. In preparation for nextyear's bicentennial of the Battle of Sodus Point, a self guided walking tourpamphlet of the 17 sites is being created and plans are also underway forseveral guided walks.