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This is a single suspension bridge from my historical inventory of suspension bridges. Follow the Inventory link for more information about the inventory.
1849 Wheeling (Wheeling and Belmont)
Wheeling, West Virginia, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:32
Structurae ID:0000478
O'Donnell ID:382
Coordinates:N 40.07167 W 80.72667
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BBR, BC3, BOB, BPL, CEJ, COB, GBD, HBE, LAB, LACE, ONF, PTS2, RWS, WCC, WHSB
Principals:Charles Ellet
Use:Vehicular (two-lane light)
Status:In use (last checked, 2011)
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:1,010f
Notes
  • Rebuilt, 1854 after it was wrecked by a windstorm. Contrary to popular myth, the rebuilding was undertaken by Ellet and his assistant William K. McComas, not by John A. Roebling.
  • Overhauled, 1860. Again, popular myth often attributes this work to the Roeblings. WHSB attributes this work to William K. McComas. After this overhaul, the bridge still does not have the distinctive diagonal cable stays that give it the appearance of a Roebling bridge.
  • Overhauled, 1872, according to a design by Washington Roebling. John A. Roebling had died in 1869 and was not involved with this work. WHSB notes, "The design essentially Roeblingized the bridge with the diagonal cable stays that are such a prominent feature of the bridge."
  • Was still part of Virginia at time of completion.
  • Became longest suspension bridge by eclipsing 1834 Zaehringen - Fribourg, Switzerland.
  • Eclipsed by new longest suspension bridge 1851 Lewiston-Queenston - Lewiston, New York, USA and Queenston, Ontario, Canada.
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz Photo by Stuart Brorson Photo by Scott Bumgardner Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell Photo by David Denenberg Collection of Doug Lehman

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