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This is a list of bridges 1 through 100 (of 269 total) in the suspension bridge inventory completed from 1850 through 1899. Please email (aspan@bridgemeister.com) with corrections, suggestions, submissions, and criticism. I frequently make updates and add images. Please allow time for the page and images to load. The inventory lists more than 2,500 suspension bridges (more than 1,200 of which are pictured). Click the small images to see a larger image. Wherever you see a "Bridgemeister ID" number you can click it to isolate the bridge on its own page. Check the inventory introduction page for more information about this list.
1850 (footbridge)
Brahesborg Estate, Denmark
Bridgemeister ID:1487
References:BC3
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2002)
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
1850 (suspension bridge)
Nashville and Edgefield, Tennessee, USA (Cumberland River)
Bridgemeister ID:33
Structurae ID:0007340
References:AAJ
Principals:Adolphus Heiman, Mathew Dickinson Field
Use:Vehicular
Status:Destroyed, 1862
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Main span:538f
Notes
Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg
1850 Fleury-d'Aude (Salles-d'Aude)
Fleury-d'Aude and Salles-d'Aude, France (Aude River)
Bridgemeister ID:1976
Use:Vehicular
Suspended spans:1
1851 High Falls Aqueduct
High Falls, New York, USA (Roundout Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:34
Structurae ID:0007341
References:AAJ, BOB, BPL, RDH, SJR
Principals:John A. Roebling
Use:Aqueduct
Status:Removed, August, 1921
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:145f
Notes
1851 Lewiston-Queenston
Lewiston, New York, USA and Queenston, Ontario, Canada (Niagara River)
Bridgemeister ID:35
Structurae ID:0007333
References:AAJ, BOB, BPL, HBE, PTS2
Principals:Edward Serrell
Use:Vehicular
Status:Wrecked, 1864
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:1,043f
Deck width:21f (AAJ: 19.5f)
Notes
  • Wrecked by wind February 1, 1864. Stay cables beneath the bridge had been disconnected to avoid damage from rising ice. Portions of the cables and deck remained, in a derelict state, as late as 1895. Replacement was not started until the late 1890's.
  • The February 3, 1864 edition of Niagara Falls Gazette describes the wind event: "Partial Destruction Of The Lewiston Suspension Bridge -- A portion of the flooring and other wood-work of the Lewiston Suspension Bridge was blown down during the gale Monday forenoon. It seems that the long guys had been cut during the late ice jam to prevent injury to the structure and thus its strength to withstand a gale was much weakened. The wind swept through the gorge on Monday with terrific force and swayed the bridge so that some of the cross timbers, near the centre were loosened from their fastenings, and fell, of course carrying the floor with them. A large portion at each end, remains without material injury. The extent of the damage -- financially -- we have not yet learned, but we judge from what we hear that it may be about $10,000. The bridge was built in 1852 and cost not far from $40,000. It will doubtless soon be repaired and in use."
  • Became longest suspension bridge by eclipsing 1849 Wheeling (Wheeling and Belmont) - Wheeling, West Virginia, USA. However, Don Sayenga notes the length of the suspended span of this bridge was only 849 feet, not 1,043 as often cited. Don writes: "[1,043 feet] was the distance between the towers built high up on the cliffs above the crossing - because there was no space for them below. The roadway suspended from the towers was only 849 feet span over the water from abutment to abutment." Thus, Roebling's Cincinnati bridge should be considered the first to eclipse Wheeling's record main span.
  • Eclipsed by new longest suspension bridge 1867 John A. Roebling (Cincinnati, Cincinnati and Covington) - Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky, USA.
  • Later at same location 1899 Lewiston-Queenston - Lewiston, New York, USA and Queenston, Ontario, Canada.
Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg
1851 Neversink Aqueduct
Cuddebackville, New York, USA (Neversink River)
Bridgemeister ID:36
Structurae ID:0007334
References:AAJ, BOB, RDH, SJR
Principals:John A. Roebling
Use:Aqueduct
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:170f
Notes
1851 South Portland (Carlton)
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom (River Clyde)
Bridgemeister ID:404
Structurae ID:0026278
Coordinates:N 55.85433 W 4.25618
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:BEM, NTB
Principals:Alexander Kirkland, George Martin
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2009)
Main cables:Eyebar (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • I have also seen 1853 cited as the year it opened.
Photo by Dave Cooper
1851 Trévoux
Trévoux, France (Saône River)
Bridgemeister ID:1625
Structurae ID:0010216
Coordinates:N 45.93945 E 4.772417
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use, but restricted to foot traffic (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:2
Notes
  • Partially dismantled, 1982. Restored as a footbridge, 1985.
Photo by David Denenberg
1852 (suspension bridge)
Frankfort, Kentucky, USA (Kentucky River)
Bridgemeister ID:1714
References:AAJ, ENG18570605, HBE, HOF
Principals:Mathew Dickinson Field
Use:Rail
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:~200f, ~300f
Notes
  • HOF describes the location as "between the foot of Broadway and the neck of land near the mouth of Benson Creek."
  • According to ENG18570605, the bridge was significantly reconstructed (because of excessive vibrations) by Julius W. Adams to have three spans of 120, 163, and 163 feet.
1852 Aamodt (Åmot)
Modum, Buskerud, Norway
Bridgemeister ID:969
Coordinates:N 59.92616 E 10.75325
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use, but restricted to foot traffic
Main cables:Eyebar
Notes
  • Relocated to Oslo, 1958. Extant in 2003 crossing the Akerselva River. Still carries original warning translated as: "100 men I can carry - but will collapse under marching feet".
1852 Charleston (Lovell Street)
Charleston, West Virginia, USA (Elk River)
Bridgemeister ID:38
References:AAJ, EOV, HBE, PTS2
Principals:W. O. Buchanan, William Kuhn, Abraham Wright
Use:Vehicular
Status:Collapsed, December 15, 1904
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:478f
Deck width:17f
Notes
  • Was still part of Virginia at time of completion.
  • Damaged during Civil War. An article in the August 2, 1861 issue of the New York Times mentions: "A junction of our forces having now been effected, the army at once moved on to Elk River, which debouches into the Kanawha at Charleston, where the army encamped for the night. We would have crossed the stream at once, and marched through the town the same evening, but for the fact that the rebels had partially destroyed the beautiful suspension bridge which spans Elk River at this spot, rendering it unsafe for passage. Not content with burning a portion of the flooring, they nearly severed the strands which support the structure, and aid their work, too, in the most bungling manner. A more shameless piece of vandalism I never witnessed. While the army slept, a company of sappers and miners repaired the damage, and yesterday the army, nearly five thousand strong, marched through the streets of Charleston."
  • Next to 1884 (suspension bridge) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA.
Print, collection of David Denenberg
1852 Colgante de Manila (Claveria)
Manila, Philippines (Pasig River)
Bridgemeister ID:2112
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced, 1940
Suspended spans:1
Main span:110m
Deck width:7m
Notes
  • Rene Sumodobila writes: "It had a single lane in each travel way to allow passage of horse-drawn carriages and a pedestrian island in the middle. The Puente Colgante is said to be first suspension bridge in the Far East. The bridge materials were imported from England by Matia Menchacatorre y Cia, a Spanish company, in joint venture with Ayala y Cia, a local company. The contruction was supervised by M. Gabaud, a French engineer. Inaugurated in January 4, 1852, it went into service until 1940 in order to give way to the modern-day Quezon Bridge"
Photo courtesy Rene Sumodobila
1852 Fairmont and Palatine
Fairmont, West Virginia, USA (Monongahela River)
Bridgemeister ID:39
References:EOV, PTS2
Principals:James L. Randolph
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Notes
  • Was still part of Virginia at time of completion.
1852 Gaillac
Gaillac, France (Tarn River - Abbaye Saint-Michel)
Bridgemeister ID:1646
Use:Vehicular
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
1852 Guyandotte
Guyandotte and Huntington, West Virginia, USA (Guyandotte River)
Bridgemeister ID:40
References:AAJ, EOV, PTS2
Principals:George Wilson Mason
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:450f
Notes
  • EOV cites a source claiming the bridge was begun in 1853, but not completed until 1858. AAJ says completed in 1848
  • Was still part of Virginia at time of completion.
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1852 Huse
Yeomet, California, USA (Cosumnes River)
Bridgemeister ID:1088
Coordinates:N 38.55323 W 120.84755
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:E.P. Bowman
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Notes
  • Yeomet was located near the present day California Route 49 crossing of the Cosumnes River by the confluence of the North Fork and Middle Fork of the Cosumnes River. Yeomet was once known as "Forks of the Cosumnes." The location coordinates provided here are only to show the approximate location of the confluence and should not be considered the exact location of the bridge. This inventory entry represents the suspension bridge for which a photograph exists in the Lawrence & Houseworth collection titled "Suspension Bridge over the Cosumnes River, At Yeomet, El Dorado County". This image exists in several online archives. The clearest image I have found exists in the California Pioneers archive. Reviewing all of the information bites available for 1850's suspension bridges over the Cosumnes River, there were likely more than one suspension bridge.
  • Barry Parr, consulting Erwin Guddeís California Gold Camps (University of California Press), writes that Gudde notes the bridge is located "at Yeomet and says it was marked on the County Map in 1866, and was owned by S.E. Huse for a decade. Of Yeomet, Gudde writes: 'Amador County. At the junction of the forks of Cosumnes River, formerly in El Dorado County'. Gudde says the camp developed in 1849 or 1850 and prospered for a number of years, but says nothing further about the bridge." Barry also notes that some sources cite Yeomet as located in Calaveras County, but this is because Amador County was created in 1854 from Calaveras County. Barry continues: "The California Division of Mines Bulletin 141, Geological Guidebook along Highway 49, mentions the Highway 49 bridge across the Cosumnes as also known as the Huse Bridge."
  • The October 14, 1976 edition of The Mountain Democrat Times (Placerville, California) has an article about the Huse Bridge (from the Heritage Association of El Dorado) describing Huse's Bridge:
    "E.P. Bowman, an early motel keeper in Yeomet had a ferry across the Cosumnes and by 1852 had built a bridge there (J.M. Watrous had a ferry there also). Traffic was heavy and... [the tolls were] as much a 'gold mine' as most of the nearby river claims which ran for miles above and below the town. (Yeomet falls was below the bridge). The famous Mother Lode crossed the river in the vicinity of the town. Samuel Huse bought the bridge at Yeomet in about 1862 and owned it until his death. His widow Laura sold the wire suspension bridge and the exclusive right to collect tolls to John Ballard and W.H. Martin in 1883. William Miller purchased the property in 1887."
    It is unclear if the 1852 E.P. Bowman bridge was the same structure as the suspension bridge purchased by Huse ten years later, but I have assumed so pending additional information.
  • An obituary for in the August 28, 1949 edition of the Oakland Tribune for Lilian Williams presents a stronger tie between E.P. Bowman and S.E. Huse: "With her foster parents, the E. P. Bowmans, Mrs. Williams spent her childhood in Oakland, San Francisco and Yeomet, between Plymouth and Placerville. Bowman and her foster uncle, S.E. Huse, owned a hotel at Yeomet. They also built and operated a toll bridge there on the Cosumnes River, over which most of the heavy machinery and mining equipment was transported to the old Mother Lode mines."
  • See 1852 Wilson's - Cosumne, California, USA.
  • See Lamb's - Latrobe vicinity and Plymouth vicinity, California, USA.
1852 Queens Park
Chester and Handbridge, England, United Kingdom (River Dee)
Bridgemeister ID:405
References:BRB, NTB
Principals:Enoch Gerrard
Use:Footbridge
Status:Replaced
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1
Side spans:2

Notes
Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg
1852 Saint-Pierre
Toulouse, France (Garonne River)
Bridgemeister ID:1169
Structurae ID:0016121
References:PTS2
Use:Vehicular
Status:Demolished, 1927
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:4
Main spans:2
Side spans:2
Notes
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg Glass side, collection of David Denenberg
1852 St. John
St. John, New Brunswick, Canada (St. John River)
Bridgemeister ID:37
Structurae ID:0009683
References:AAJ, BPL, HBE, PTS2
Principals:Edward Serrell
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Removed, 1915
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:640f
Notes
  • Rebuilt 1857.
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg
1852 Vennes (Englebert)
Liège, Belgium (Meuse Dérivation)
Bridgemeister ID:2319
Coordinates:N 50.62959 E 5.57801
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Coordinates refer to the current Vennes Bridge. This is the approximate location of the removed suspension bridge.
1852 Wilson's
Cosumne, California, USA (Cosumnes River)
Bridgemeister ID:2116
Coordinates:N 38.49229 W 121.17183
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:DSL200106
Principals:W. D. Wilson
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Main span:150f
Deck width:12f
Notes
  • The location of this bridge was near the present day location of Cosumne in Sacramento County, just east of Sloughhouse. The location coordinates provided here are only to show the approximate location of present-day Cosumne and should not be considered the exact location of the bridge. Don Sayenga writes: "The exact location was at the intersection of [present-day] Dillard Road and State Route 16 a very short distance east of Sloughhouse, Sacramento County, California... The whole area at that time was known as Daylor's Ranch."
  • Don Sayenga notes an F.W. Panhorst (of the California Highway Department) citation:
    "Alta California July 27, 1852 reprinting an article from Sacramento Union mentions a wire suspension bridge built in Sacramento County across the Cosumnes. The span is described as 150 feet with a roadway width of 12 feet. One W.D. Wilson is mentioned as owner and designer. This structure, according to our best information, was the first suspension bridge in California."
  • A January 14, 1862 Sacramento Bee article notes:
    "The quartz mill and house of the brothers Wiley, just beyond Butte City, were carried away by the torrent. At Ione City, Williamís brick stable had fallen, and several other houses had met with a like fate. On Sutter creek, the loss and damage had been terrific - bridges and houses being carried off like chaff. Mr. Haywood, proprietor of a quartz mill on Sutter creek, had been a loser to the amount of at least $75,000. We have it from good authority that in the counties of Calaveras and Amador not a bridge is left standing. Below Ione City, it is thought that there has been loss of life."

    "Last Saturday night, the reports of minute guns were heard, as if signals of distress, coming from the direction of a house where lived Mr. Martin and his family. The whole of Ione Valley was many feet under water. No boats were to be had, so that assistance might be rendered those in danger and distress. In a short time a heavy crash was heard, the signals of distress ceased, and our informant tells us that when he left the general impression was that Martin and his family had lost their lives. The wire suspension bridge over the Cosumnes river had disappeared - the house known as Wilsonís Exchange has also been washed away, and Daylorís adobe house is flat with the ground. These facts go to show that throughout the mountain districts, as well as in the valleys, the destruction of property and loss of human life exceed the worst that was anticipated, and we shall hear repetitions of such tales of distress as the avenues for communication are gradually opened to us."
    which seems to imply a relationship between the Ione Valley, the Cosumnes River, and the bridge at Wilson's Exchange, but this may have just been coincidental that both "Ione Valley" and Wilson's Exchange were mentioned in the same paragraph; they are nearby. Present-day Ione is in Amador County a few miles east of Sacramento County. The Cosumnes River forms the northern border of Amador County several miles to the north of present-day Ione. Barry Parr notes that the Cosumnes River does not flow through the "Ione Valley," but Barry writes: "Recalling Daylorís name in Historic Spots of California: 'Daylor established himself as a trader and hotel-keeper on the Cosumnes River about a mile east of Slough House. This place, which was at first known as Daylorís Ranch, later became the Cosumnes post office.' (p. 290) The site of Cosumnes post office is about five miles downstream from Bridge House, and both are on the Sacramento-Ione Road.
  • An Illustrated History of Sacramento County, California. (by Hon. Win. J. Davis, Lewis Publishing Company, 1890, Pages 435-436) sheds more light on W.D. Wilson. See Debbie Walke Gramlick's transcription:
    "Mr. Wilson and part of the company concluded to seek the land of gold, while others kept to the original design of going to Oregon. On his arrival Mr. Wilson mined for a short time on Mormon Island and then moved to Hangtown, now Placerville, where in the winter of 1848-49 he built the first house erected in that place. The family then comprised six children; five more were born in California; nine grew to maturity and seven are living in 1889. In the spring of 1850 he moved down on the Cosumnes and purchased 6,000 acres of the Hartnell Grant, and built a tavern, long known as Wilsonís Exchange, across the river from what is now the Cosumnes post office. He was postmaster from the establishment of that office until 1868. He was by trade a millwright and built the first suspension bridge on the Cosumnes."
  • See 1852 Huse - Yeomet, California, USA.
  • See Lamb's - Latrobe vicinity and Plymouth vicinity, California, USA.
1853 (suspension bridge)
Delaware, Ohio, USA (Olentangy River - Winter Street)
Bridgemeister ID:774
References:SME20030311
Principals:John Gray
Use:Footbridge
Status:Destroyed, February 1883
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Notes
  • SME20030311: Intended only for foot traffic, destroyed by ice jam February 1883.
1853 (suspension bridge)
Falmouth, Kentucky, USA (Licking River)
Bridgemeister ID:42
References:AAJ, EOV
Principals:D. Griffith Smith
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Main span:323f
1853 Dresden
Dresden, Ohio, USA (Muskingum River)
Bridgemeister ID:43
Structurae ID:0000947
References:EOV, GBD, OCEN198202
Principals:George Copland
Use:Vehicular
Status:Destroyed, 1913
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1853 Fort Hunter (Fonda)
Tribes Hill, New York, USA (Mohawk River)
Bridgemeister ID:44
References:ONC, PTS2
Principals:John W. Murphy
Status:Dismantled, 1935
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Main span:556f
Notes
  • Amsterdam/Fort Hunter vicinity, Montgomery County, NY. Dismantled 1935 (ONC).
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1853 General's Well
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom (River Ness - Ness Islands)
Bridgemeister ID:406
Structurae ID:0015977
Coordinates:N 57.460944 W 4.237166
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:HBR
Principals:James Dredge
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2010)
Main cables:Rod (iron)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1
Side spans:2
Notes
Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg Photo by Dave Cooper
1853 Island Bank Road
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom (River Ness - Ness Islands)
Bridgemeister ID:904
References:HBR
Principals:James Dredge
Use:Footbridge
Status:Removed

Notes
1853 Mill Pond
Kingfield, Maine, USA (Carrabasset River)
Bridgemeister ID:45
References:AAJ, BPL
Principals:Daniel Beedy
Use:Vehicular (one-lane, with walkway)
Status:Replaced, 1916
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Main span:190f
Deck width:15f

Notes
Photograph, collection of David Denenberg Photograph, collection of David Denenberg
1853 O'Byrne's
Copperopolis vicinity, California, USA (Stanislaus River)
Bridgemeister ID:2324
Use:Vehicular
Status:Destroyed, 1862
Notes
  • Different accounts describe this as a chain and wire suspension bridge. Collapsed November, 1853 under weight of oxen team. Rebuilt, but destroyed by flood, 1862. Replaced by a multi-span covered bridge.
  • Name "O'Byrne's" appears to have originated with a "Patrick O. Byrne" who operated a ferry at this location prior to construction of the suspension bridge. After time, it became known as O'Byrne's Ferry.
1853 Peney
Peney, Geneva, Switzerland (Rhône River)
Bridgemeister ID:1827
References:GHD
Principals:Hug
Status:Collapsed, May 24, 1853
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:100m
Notes
  • GHD describes how Dufour designed the bridge but was replaced (for political reasons) by a novice engineer, Mr. Hug who produced his own design. The bridge collapsed under test loading.
1853 Saint-Florent-le-Vieil
Saint-Florent-le-Vieil and Varades, France (Loire River)
Bridgemeister ID:1596
References:AAJ
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Notes
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1853 Saint-Georges (Sala)
Lyon, France (Saône River)
Bridgemeister ID:552
Coordinates:N 45.757117 E 4.82615
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BPF, PQL
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:75m
Notes
  • Destroyed 1944, rebuilt same year. Reconstructed 1999.
Photograph, collection of David Denenberg Photo by David Denenberg
1853 Saint-Quentin-sur-Isère
Saint-Quentin-sur-Isère, France (Isère River)
Bridgemeister ID:2131
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1853 Tiffin
Tiffin, Ohio, USA (Sandusky River)
Bridgemeister ID:46
References:EOV
Principals:John Gray
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
1853 Tsar Nicholas I
Kiev, Ukraine (Dnepr River)
Bridgemeister ID:409
Structurae ID:0005655
References:AAJ, HBE, IEA, PTS2
Principals:Charles Blacker Vignoles
Use:Vehicular
Status:Destroyed, c. 1920.
Main cables:Chain (iron, flat link)
Suspended spans:6
Main spans:4 x 440f
Side spans:2 x 225f
Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg
1853 Varades
Varades and Saint-Florent-le-Vieil, France (Loire River)
Bridgemeister ID:1962
References:AAJ

Notes
1854 Caerhowel
Caerhowel, Wales, United Kingdom (River Severn)
Bridgemeister ID:407
Status:Collapsed, 1858
Notes
  • Based on Dredge's patent.
1854 Elk River
Sutton, West Virginia, USA (Elk River)
Bridgemeister ID:554
References:EOV
Principals:Ira Hart
Use:Vehicular (with walkway)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Main span:460f
1854 Licking River I
Covington and Newport, Kentucky, USA (Licking River)
Bridgemeister ID:47
References:BOB, BPL, EOV
Principals:John Gray, George C. Tarvin
Status:Collapsed, 1854
Notes
  • BPL: Collapsed under weight of cattle 1853. BOB: Indicates year of completion and collapse as 1854. EOV: Appears more authoritative on the matter, "Although the bridge was not quite finished, Tarvin and the mayor of Covington rode the first vehicle across it on December 28, 1853. Less than two weeks later... the bridge collapsed."
  • The January 18, 1854 edition of The New York Times has a small article with a January 16, 1854 byline reporting the collapse of the bridge: "The... bridge... gave way this evening, while two men and eighteen cattle were crossing it... The keys which held the wire cable to the anchors gave way."
  • Replaced by 1854 Licking River II - Covington and Newport, Kentucky, USA.
1854 Licking River II
Covington and Newport, Kentucky, USA (Licking River)
Bridgemeister ID:48
References:EOV
Principals:John Gray
Status:Removed

Notes
1854 Morgantown
Morgantown, West Virginia, USA (Monongahela River)
Bridgemeister ID:49
References:AAJ, EN19070918, EOV, HBE, PTS2
Use:Vehicular (with walkway)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:608f
Deck width:20f
Notes
  • Was still part of Virginia at time of completion.
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1854 Saint Andrew's
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom (River Clyde)
Bridgemeister ID:408
Structurae ID:0021611
Coordinates:N 55.84883 W 4.23835
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:NTB
Principals:Neil Robson
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2009)
Main cables:Eyebar
Suspended spans:1
Main span:220f
Deck width:13f
Notes
  • I have also seen attributed to Neil "Robinson" completed 1853. May have originally been a narrow vehicular bridge.
Photo by Dave Cooper
1855 Coudes
Coudes, Montpeyroux vicinity and Parent, France (Allier River)
Bridgemeister ID:1942
Use:Vehicular
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1855 Minneapolis (St. Anthony's Falls)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA (Mississippi River - Nicollet Island)
Bridgemeister ID:50
References:AAJ, BPL, HBE, PTS2
Principals:Thomas M. Griffith
Use:Vehicular
Status:Demolished, 1876
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:620f
Deck width:17f

Notes
Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg
1855 Ness
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom (River Ness)
Bridgemeister ID:526
Structurae ID:0015973
Use:Vehicular
Status:Demolished, 1961
Main cables:Eyebar (iron)
Suspended spans:1

Notes
Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg
1855 Niagara Suspension
Niagara Falls, New York, USA and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada (Niagara River)
Bridgemeister ID:51
Structurae ID:0000047
References:AAJ, BAAW, BBR, BFL, BMA, BOB, BPL, HBE, LIR, NSB, ONF, PTS2, SA18810716, SJR
Principals:John A. Roebling
Use:Rail and Vehicular (double-deck, heavy rail, with walkway)
Status:Replaced, 1897
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:821.3f
Notes
Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg
1855 Saint-Cyr (Napoleon)
Tours and Saint-Cyr, France (Loire River)
Bridgemeister ID:1645
Structurae ID:0008485
Principals:Escarraguel Brothers
Use:Vehicular
Status:Demolished, 1943
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1855 Shohola (Barryville-Shohola, Shohola-Barryville)
Barryville, New York and Shohola, Pennsylvania, USA (Delaware River)
Bridgemeister ID:41
References:BDR, SHO
Principals:Chauncy Thomas, John A. Roebling
Use:Vehicular
Status:Dismantled, 1941
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • BDR: Built 1856, severely damaged 1859, rebuilt, collapsed Jan. 1st 1865, rebuilt 1866. Dale writes: "A respected historian, John Willard Johnston, who knew Chauncey Thomas personally and visited the area during his ownership of the toll bridge, insisted that Thomas, as the builder, was grossly incompetent."
  • Originally constructed with one main span, the center pier was added during the 1866 reconstruction.
  • Don Sayenga's research leads him to conclude the bridge was completed in the fall of 1855. He notes an article from the Pike County Democrat (June 21, 1872) stating the bridge was completed in 1855. The article also notes the 1859 collapse occurred on July 2, 1859. Don's interest in this bridge is piqued by the connection to John Roebling, "...this bridge seems to be the only John Roebling bridge that failed in service..." Roebling prepared plans, for the original bridge, for Chauncy Thomas (who, by Dale's account was inexperienced).
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1856 Bidwell Bar
Oroville, California, USA (Feather River)
Bridgemeister ID:52
Structurae ID:0024776
O'Donnell ID:425
Coordinates:N 39.537483 W 121.45415
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:BPL, DSL200106, LACE
Principals:Bidwell Bridge Co.
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use, but restricted to foot traffic (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~220f
Notes
  • Dismantled before completion of Oroville Dam and replaced by the 1965 high-level Bidwell Bar suspension bridge. The 1856 structure was later reassembled about 1.5 miles south of the new Bidwell Bar bridge. Coordinates provided here are for the current location of the bridge at Kelly Ridge.
  • Replaced by 1965 Bidwell Bar - Oroville, California, USA.
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1856 Bridge of Sighs
Carthage and Rochester, New York, USA (Genesee River)
Bridgemeister ID:54
Principals:Josiah Bissell, Jr.
Status:Collapsed, 1857
Main cables:Wire
Notes
1856 Carbonne
Carbonne, Haute-Garonne, France (Garonne River)
Bridgemeister ID:1157
Status:Replaced, 1975
Main cables:Wire (iron)
1856 Les Mées
Les Mées, France (Durance River)
Bridgemeister ID:1522
Structurae ID:0012659
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:2

Notes
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1856 Strong
Strong, Maine, USA (Sandy River)
Bridgemeister ID:53
References:BPL
Principals:Daniel Beedy
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:254f
Deck width:13f

Notes
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1856 Westmoreland's
Lancha Plana, California, USA (Mokelumne River)
Bridgemeister ID:1089
References:DSL200106
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
1857 Altenbergsteg
Berne, Switzerland (Aare River)
Bridgemeister ID:1475
Coordinates:N 46.9503 E 7.4489
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:PTS2
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Eyebar
1857 Black River (Bradford, Mill Street)
Watertown, New York, USA (Black River)
Bridgemeister ID:55
References:HBE, ONC
Principals:Gilbert Bradford
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed, 1890's
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:53m
Deck width:18f
Notes
  • Replaced in 1890's (ONC).
Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg
1857 Change (Chain, Lehigh Canal Swinging, Wire Towing Path at Pool No. 8)
Glendon, Pennsylvania, USA (Lehigh River)
Bridgemeister ID:56
O'Donnell ID:554
Coordinates:N 40.65382 W 75.24774
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:HAERPA461, HBP
Principals:Lehigh Coal and Navigation Co., E.A. Douglas
Use:Footbridge and Change
Status:Derelict (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:2
Notes
  • Often mistakenly called a "chain" bridge, this is a "change" bridge. Dale Oswald explains (in the context of the Aldrich Change Bridge at Palmyra, NY), "A change bridge is one with low railings and an underpass that allowed draft teams to move from one side of the canal to the other without unhitching, cloverleaf-style."
Photo by David Denenberg
1858 Chaumont-sur-Loire
Chaumont-sur-Loire and Onzain, France (Loire River)
Bridgemeister ID:1703
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced, 1970
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Notes
1858 Chelsea (Victoria)
London, England, United Kingdom (River Thames - Battersea Park)
Bridgemeister ID:410
Structurae ID:0002316
References:BTH, HBE, PTS2
Principals:Thomas Page
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced
Main cables:Eyebar (iron)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:348f
Side spans:183f, 383f

Notes
1858 Portsmouth
Portsmouth, Ohio, USA (Scioto River)
Bridgemeister ID:57
References:EOV
Principals:E.B. Gray
Status:Collapsed, 1859

Notes
1859 General Dean (Carlyle)
Carlyle, Illinois, USA (Kaskaskia River)
Bridgemeister ID:58
Structurae ID:0001383
O'Donnell ID:365
Coordinates:N 38.61083 W 89.35671
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:BPL, GBD
Principals:D. Griffith Smith
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use, but restricted to foot traffic (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Main span:264f
Notes
  • Rebuilt 1920s, 1970s. Restored, 1950's, for use as a footbridge.
  • Bypassed, 1924.
Photograph, collection of David Denenberg Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell Photograph, collection of David Denenberg
1860 Allegheny River (Sixth Street)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (Allegheny River)
Bridgemeister ID:59
Structurae ID:0007343
References:BOB, BOP, BPL, HBE, PBR, PTS2, SJR
Principals:John A. Roebling
Use:Vehicular (with walkway)
Status:Replaced, 1892
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:4
Main spans:2 x 344f
Side spans:2 x 171f
Deck width:40f
Notes
  • BPL cites this bridge as the first suspension bridge with metal towers. However, at least two earlier suspension bridges (1857 Watertown, New York and 1856 Bidwell Bar, California) are known to have metal towers and even Roebling's 1846 Smithfield Street Bridge in Pittsburgh had cast iron towers.
  • Next to 1884 North Side (Seventh Street) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg
1860 Auburn-Coloma
Auburn and Coloma, California, USA (North Fork American River)
Bridgemeister ID:274
References:PTS2
Principals:John Mollett
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
Postcard, courtesy of Kevin Walsh
1860 Grand Falls
Grand Falls, New Brunswick, Canada (St. John River)
Bridgemeister ID:60
References:AAJ
Principals:James Tomlinson
Use:Vehicular (two-lane)
Status:Replaced, 1915
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:209.75f
Deck width:16f
Notes
  • Out of use, 1912.
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1860 Ponte della Catena (Bridge of Chains)
Fornoli, Bagni di Lucca and Chifenti, Italy (Lima River)
Bridgemeister ID:411
References:BC2, BC3
Principals:Lorenzo Nottolini, Bettino Ricasoli
Use:Vehicular
Status:In use, but restricted to foot traffic
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Damaged during WWII, rebuilt 1953.
1860 Port Gibson
Grindstone Ford, Port Gibson vicinity, Mississippi, USA (Bayou Pierre)
Bridgemeister ID:1659
References:PTS2
Status:Removed, circa 1920's
Notes
  • Partially burned by retreating Confederate troops May 2nd, 1863 during the Vicksburg Campaign of the Civil War. Union troops extinquished the fire and quickly repaired the bridge.
  • Demolished, circa 1920's. Descriptions for the Vicksburg Campaign imply there may have been another suspension bridge in the Port Gibson area.
1861 (suspension bridge)
Connellsville and New Haven, Pennsylvania, USA (Youghiogheny River)
Bridgemeister ID:278
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1861 Gauley River
Gauley Bridge, West Virginia, USA (Gauley River)
Bridgemeister ID:2123
References:AAJ
Principals:John W. Murphy
Use:Vehicular
Status:Destroyed, 1862
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Notes
  • Don Sayenga writes:
    "It was built in great haste out of military necessity utilizing abutments and piers of an earlier wooden bridge that had been burnt by a unit of the Confederate Army commanded by Gen. John B. Floyd. This occurred just after the fight known as the Battle of Carnifex Ferry on September 10, 1861. Later the Confederate Army recaptured the bridge location and burnt the new one also. The designer/builder was John W. Murphy (1828-1874) who was working as an engineer in Alabama when the war began in 1861. He held a Civil Engineer degree from Rensselaer. Murphy's concept involved multiple factory-made wire ropes as main cables combined with wooden bracing. The exact location of the bridge seems to have been called the New River Cliffs but I haven't found this on a map. Photos of the bridge came into the possession of Prof. George Plympton, an associate of Murphy's in the latter part of his career. Plympton presented a paper about bridges in 1894 reported by The Railroad Gazette August 24. The photos were given to the Gazette - one of their artists converted the photos to pen-and-ink drawings for publication in the issue of November 9, 1894, p. 773."
    Don transcribed the following:

    The Railroad Gazette, August 24, 1894, Page 579.
    "Prof. Plympton then related two reminiscences of bridge building between 1852 and 1861...The other instance was the building of a military suspension bridge over the Gauley River in 1861. The government called for a bridge of sufficient strength to permit the passage of General Rosecrans corps, allowing twenty-four days' time. The abutments and piers of the former bridge remained in good condition. Murphy submitted an original plan, which was accepted. The plans were drawn up by Mr. Murphy on the cars, while he was traveling to Washington to submit his ideas to the United States army en gineers. The plans were accepted and Murphy at once went to work. Four one-inch wire ropes, laid side by side, formed his cables. A pyramidal tower was constructed of heavy timbers, and in place of suspending rods a loosely-formed truss was hung upon the cable without fastening. This truss, connected with the floor of the bridge, was finished on the 22nd day after receiving the order to build."
    Proceedings of the Franklin Institute, October 21, 1874, Page 306.
    "It was a suspension bridge 520 feet in length, 10 feet roadway, consisting of three spans, supported by eight cables. There was some doubt in the mind of the commanding officer that it would answer the purpose...To test it ...he asked that a battalion be ordered to make a charge over it, which was done, to the satisfaction of the General in command...it afterwards passed and repassed the whole command as long as they occupied that portion of the country. A change of base put it into the possession of the Confederates who burnt it down."
  • An article in the July 15, 1951 edition of The Charleston Daily Mail describes the bridge and its demise:
    "After the Confederate forces had retreated and burned the old covered bridge, the Federal engineers constructed a make-shift bridge across the Gauley. There are pictures in existence showing this light, cable bridge erected on the old piers of the original bridge. This structure was cut down Sept. 11, 1862, when the Federals retreated from an attack by Confederate Gen. W. W. Loring, who routed the Unionists from the valley for a brief time."
  • Jakkula has an 1862 entry for "Gauley River Bridge" with little information, citing the American Railroad Journal, Vol. 37, No. 1472, July 2, 1864, p.651: "A suspension bridge built over the Gauley River, Virginia, by the Government in 1862." It is unclear if this reference is for the same bridge.
1861 Gray
Gray, France (Saône River)
Bridgemeister ID:1127
Use:Vehicular
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1861 Portsmouth
Portsmouth, Ohio, USA (Scioto River)
Bridgemeister ID:61
References:EOV
Principals:Max J. Becker
Status:Removed
Notes
1861 Rousset
Rousset, France (Durance River)
Bridgemeister ID:2063
Notes
  • Likely completed late 1861 or 1862.
1861 Weitchpec
Weitchpec, California, USA (Klamath River)
Bridgemeister ID:1090
References:DSL200106
Principals:Andrew S. Hallidie
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1

Notes
1862 (suspension bridge)
California, USA (Trinity River)
Bridgemeister ID:1093
References:DSL200106
Principals:Andrew S. Hallidie
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
1862 (suspension bridge)
California, USA (Stanislaus River)
Bridgemeister ID:1094
References:DSL200106
Principals:Andrew S. Hallidie
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
1862 (suspension bridge)
California, USA (Tuolumne River)
Bridgemeister ID:1095
References:DSL200106
Principals:Andrew S. Hallidie
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
1862 (suspension bridge)
McCourtney's Crossing, California, USA (Bear River)
Bridgemeister ID:1092
References:DSL200106
Principals:Andrew S. Hallidie
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
1862 Gloucester Street
Christchurch, New Zealand (Avon River)
Bridgemeister ID:655
References:GAP
1862 Lambeth
London, England, United Kingdom (River Thames)
Bridgemeister ID:829
Structurae ID:0003156
References:BRB, HBE, ONF, PTS2
Principals:P. W. Barlow
Use:Vehicular (with walkway)
Status:Replaced
Suspended spans:3
Main span:280f
1862 Pine Street
Nevada City, California, USA (Deer Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:62
References:DSL200106
Principals:Andrew S. Hallidie
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Photo courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
1862 Rattlesnake Bar
Folsom vicinity, California, USA (American River - Rattlesnake Bar)
Bridgemeister ID:1091
References:DSL200106
Principals:Andrew S. Hallidie
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Inundated
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • I believe the location of Rattlesnake Bar is closer to present-day Auburn than Folsom, near the location of Goose Flat marked on modern topographical maps of the region.
  • Inundated during creation of Folsom Lake.
  • Rodi Lee writes: "[The bridge] collapsed in 1954 when an overweight truck filled with manure crossed it. The driver was unhurt. There are newspaper articles about the incident (Auburn Journal, Auburn). There are some photos in the article as well. The bridge abutments show when the the lake water is low. The bridge was upstream of Wild Goose Flats."
Photo courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Photo by Jerry Van Lengen
1863 Alexandra (Trutch's)
Spuzzum, British Columbia, Canada (Fraser River)
Bridgemeister ID:63
Principals:Andrew S. Hallidie, Joseph W. Trutch
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed, 1912
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Main span:269f
Notes
Sketch by Franklin Leonard Pope, courtesy of Kathy Latini
1863 Confolent
Beauzac vicinity, France (Loire River)
Bridgemeister ID:412
Structurae ID:0003007
References:BPF
Principals:Adolphe Boulland
Use:Vehicular (one-lane, with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Cables damaged 1913, 1921. Refurbished 1922.
1863 Ponsonnas
Ponsonnas, France (Drac River)
Bridgemeister ID:1079
Structurae ID:0008728
Status:Replaced, 1941
Suspended spans:1
Main span:123m
Notes
  • Replaced by a 1941 arch bridge that is popular with bungee jumpers.
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1864 (suspension bridge)
Porta Westfalica, Germany (Weser River)
Bridgemeister ID:637
References:BRU, PTS2
Use:Rail and Vehicular
Status:Destroyed, April 3, 1945
Main cables:Eyebar (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • At the time of completion, the bridge connected the villages of Barkhausen and Hausberge, later merged into Porta Westfalica.
1864 Clifton
Bristol, England, United Kingdom (Avon River)
Bridgemeister ID:413
Structurae ID:0000018
Coordinates:N 51.45496 W 2.62781
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AOB, BBR, BC3, BEM, BMA, BOU, BRB, CTW, HBE, NTB, ONF, PTS2
Principals:Isambard K. Brunel, P.W. Barlow, Hawkshaw
Use:Vehicular (with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Eyebar (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:702f
Notes
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Bill Campbell Photo by Cath Brown
1864 Taieri River (West Taieri)
Outram, New Zealand (Taieri River)
Bridgemeister ID:656
Structurae ID:0024845
References:GAP
Principals:John Turnbull Thomson
Status:Replaced, 1966
Main cables:Wire
1865 Market Street
Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA (Susquehanna River)
Bridgemeister ID:64
References:AAJ, JFI186604
Principals:Alfred P. Boller
Use:Vehicular
Status:Destroyed, June 1, 1889
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:5
Main spans:5 x 200f
Notes
Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg
1866 (suspension bridge)
Nashville and Edgefield, Tennessee, USA (Cumberland River)
Bridgemeister ID:1965
References:AAJ
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed, 1884
Main cables:Wire

Notes
1867 (footbridge)
Paris, France (Parc des Buttes-Chaumont)
Bridgemeister ID:516
Structurae ID:0009541
Coordinates:N 48.880933 E 2.381533
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ
Use:Footbridge
Status:Closed (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:200f
Notes
  • The bridge was standing, but closed, during my 2005 visit.
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg Photo by David Denenberg
1867 (suspension bridge)
Mataura, New Zealand
Bridgemeister ID:657
References:GAP
Principals:John Turnbull Thomson
1867 Corrieshalloch
Braemore, Scotland, United Kingdom (Corrieshalloch Gorge - Falls of Measach)
Bridgemeister ID:1308
Coordinates:N 57.755753 W 5.021048
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, HBR
Principals:John Fowler
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:82.5f
Notes
  • HBR: Anchorages replaced, 1977.
  • AAJ lists a "Corry Halloch" bridge by Fowler for 1875. Likely referring to the same bridge.
Photo by Andrew Holbrook
1867 John A. Roebling (Cincinnati, Cincinnati and Covington)
Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:65
Structurae ID:0000513
O'Donnell ID:1000
Coordinates:N 39.09167 W 84.50833
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:BAAW, BC3, BOB, BPL, COB, EOV, HBE, LAB, LACE, ONF, PTS2, SJR, TOB
Principals:John A. Roebling
Use:Vehicular (two-lane heavy, with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2013)
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1,057f
Side spans:2
Notes
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell Photo by David Denenberg Photo by David Denenberg
1867 Mosquito Road
Placerville, California, USA (South Fork American River)
Bridgemeister ID:2323
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced
Main cables:Wire
Notes
  • The February 23, 1995 edition of the Mountain Democrat (Placerville, California) has an article about the Mosquito crossing that mentions: "According to the El Dorado County History of 1883 by Paolo Sioli, 'Mosquito is connected to Placerville by a good wagon-road and a suspension bridge across the South Fork of the American River, a trail is running in the direction of Kelsey, the township center... The original bridge was constructed in 1867, and according to Orval Beckett, as quoted in the booklet, Mosquito Memories, 'This original bridge had no banisters on the sides. It was a suspension cable with No. 9 telephone wires strung between the supports. When you drove onto the bridge, it would 'swing and sway' much like we have seen in the movies. When one end went down the other went up, etc. Imagine the thrill!'"
  • Replaced by 1939 Mosquito Road - Placerville, California, USA.
1867 Public Garden
Boston, Massachusetts, USA (Public Garden lagoon)
Bridgemeister ID:245
Structurae ID:0008544
References:HBE
Principals:William Gibbons Preston, Clemens Herschel
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2011)
Main cables:Eyebar (iron)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1
Side spans:2
Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz
1868 (suspension bridge)
Afton, New York, USA (Susquehanna River)
Bridgemeister ID:66
Principals:G. W. & J. V. V. Fishler, James Crowell
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:362f
Deck width:16f
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1868 Calloway's Ford (Whitewater, Harrison's)
Elizabethtown vicinity, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA (Whitewater River)
Bridgemeister ID:68
References:EOV
Principals:John Gray, Morse, Young
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed, 1920
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Main span:475f
Deck width:22f
Notes
  • This bridge was located where present-day Suspension Bridge Road crosses the Whitewater River next to I-275 and north of US50. According to information provided by Sharon Lutz from Marjorie Byrnside Burress, this bridge was renamed "Harrison's Suspension Bridge" in 1891. This should not be confused with the nearby suspension bridge at Harrison.
  • According to the information provided by Sharon Lutz from Marjorie Byrnside Burress, "Crossing this bridge was the main thoroughfare from Indiana into Ohio for many years (US 50 was not completed by then). [In 1920] it was decided that the Suspension Bridge had become obsolete and could no longer safely withstand the weight of vehicles. [On May 19, 1920] the cables were severed by means of an oxygen flame, the weight of the cables pulled down some towers. Other towers were weakened by dynamite at their bases and later they were pulled down by the weight of the cables severed at one end with an oxygen flame."
  • See 1873 Harrison - Harrison, Ohio and Dearborn County, Indiana, USA.
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1868 Carpenter's Point
Port Jervis, New Jersey, USA (Neversink River)
Bridgemeister ID:2251
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Replaced, 1929
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Was at location of current Tri-States Bridge.
1868 High Street (Hamilton)
Hamilton, Ohio, USA (Great Miami River)
Bridgemeister ID:67
References:EOV
Principals:John Gray
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
1868 Skippers Canyon
Maori Point vicinity, New Zealand (Shotover River - Skippers Canyon)
Bridgemeister ID:658
References:GAP
Principals:John Turnbull Thomson
Use:Footbridge

Notes
1868 Wire
New Portland, Maine, USA (Carrabasset River)
Bridgemeister ID:69
Structurae ID:0001115
O'Donnell ID:768
Coordinates:N 44.890783 W 70.0925
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:BC3, BPL, GBD, LAB, RDH
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:198.4f
Notes
  • BPL says c. 1866. Historic landmark plaque at bridge also says 1866.
  • Extensive repairs, 1960.
Photo by David Denenberg

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