Historical Inventory of Suspension Bridges
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|I am attempting to catalogue as many suspension bridges as possible. The bridges are generally presented in order of their year of completion. Cable-stayed bridges are omitted. Generally, I omit suspended structures with sagging, drooping decks (sometimes known as catwalk or ribbon bridges). You will find more than 2,500 suspension bridges (more than 1,200 of which are pictured) in the inventory. Please feel free to help fill in the blanks, offer suggestions, criticisms, additional information, sources, and bridges (firstname.lastname@example.org). I make frequent updates and corrections.|
Inventory of Suspension BridgesCompleted 1700-1849
Undated, Unnamed Footbridges
Undated, Unnamed Other Bridges
Undated, Named Bridges
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Excluded Suspension Bridges on this site
Reconciliation with other historical lists
Unidentified Suspension Bridges
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CriteriaThis section contains notes on my criteria for the suspension bridge inventory and insight into my process. My criteria is admittedly very subjective. I encourage discussion of the criteria, but I have been stubborn. They tend to evolve slowly.
ConventionsMost of the unnamed bridges are designated (suspension bridge), (swinging bridge), and (footbridge). If a bridge is described as a "swinging bridge" but it is not clear it was locally referred to as Swinging Bridge (as a proper noun), then I use (swinging bridge). Otherwise, if it's clear the bridge was only ever used as a pedestrian footbridge, I use (footbridge). Usually, I reserve (suspension bridge) for more substantial structures (e.g. vehicular bridges) but it is the catchall when I am unsure of how the structure was used or what it was called. Other unnamed designations like (pipeline bridge), (snowmobile bridge), and (chain bridge) are more immediately clear.