Poughkeepsie Bridge was Folinsbee's first real "exhibition picture" in the sense that it was the first painting he sent on tour. From the Woodstock Winter Exhibition he sent it to the National Academy's 89th Annual, and then on to the Art Institute of Chicago before ending the year exhibiting it at the first show for the Washington (Conn.) Art Association. In 1915 the painting traveled to Houston and Galveston before being included in an exhibition with Harry Leith-Ross at Katz Gallery in New York. In 1916, Folinsbee sent Poughkeepsie Bridge to Erie for a small exhibition at the Erie Art Club and exhibited at Hillyer Gallery, Smith College in his first solo show. The painting's silvery atmosphere, the subtle movement of the smoke rising from the engine, and the oblique angle of the composition demonstrate the sophisticated technique and masterful handling of paint that Folinsbee had developed early in his career.
The painting is probably the one for which Folinsbee received the Isidore (First) Prize ($75) at the 1914 Winter Exhibition of the Art Student's League Summer School (Woodstock), held at the League's headquarters in New York City. The judges in the competition were Birge Harrison, F. Luis Mora, Emil Carlson, Paul Cornoyer, J. Francis Murphy, Gifford Beal, and George Macrum. The painting would certainly have found favor with several of these artists--and definitely bore resemblance to their work, particularly that of Harrison, with whom Folinsbee had boarded while attending in Woodstock the previous summer.