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68 suspension bridges were found for search criteria: BPL . All 68 bridges from the search results appear below. Wherever you see a "Bridgemeister ID" number you can click it to isolate the bridge on its own page. If you don't see what you were looking for, try an image search with the same criteria: BPL. This will find the bridge if it is pictured on the site, but is not a catenary suspension bridge.
1734 (chain bridge)
Glorywitz, Prussia (Oder River)
Bridgemeister ID:371
References:AAJ, BPL
Principals:Army of the Palatinate of Saxony
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Notes
  • BPL says first Western use of metal in suspension structure.
1741 Winch (Wynch)
Middleton-in-Teesdale, England, United Kingdom (River Tees - Low Force)
Bridgemeister ID:372
Structurae ID:0008266
References:AAJ, BEM, BPL, HBE, PTS2
Use:Footbridge
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:70f
Notes
  • Varying histories of this catwalk-style bridge exist. One I read recently says it was built 1704, a cable snapped in 1802 killing three people, and it was then rebuilt in 1830 (the present bridge). Others attribute the bridge to 1741 and have the 1802 incident killing "one or two people".
  • Replaced by 1830 Wynch - Middleton-in-Teesdale, England, United Kingdom.
1801 (chain bridge)
Iron Bridge, Pennsylvania, USA (Jacob's Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:3
Structurae ID:0000873
O'Donnell ID:0
References:AAJ, ASB, BBR, BOB, BPL, CAB, DSE20000116, HBE, LAB, PTS2
Principals:Judge James Finley
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:70f
Deck width:12.5f
Notes
  • In an email dated January 16, 2000, Don Sayenga provided information about the location of this bridge. Generally attributed to Uniontown (the seat of Fayette County, PA), Mr. Sayenga offers some clues about the bridge's true location. "[James Finley] stated that he built it near the home of his friend Meason which implies a connection for the iron as Meason was making iron. Meason's home has survived by the way, a beautiful place. Finley stated it was a combination contract with the cost split between two counties, and he stated it was built over Jacob's Creek which is the county boundary. He also makes it clear it was on the road to Greensburg. The only place the old road crossed Jacob's Creek is just south of Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania. On the geodetic survey maps this spot is marked "Iron Bridge" but there is no town there. The last time I was there I saw a sign that said "Iron Bridge" on an automobile scrap yard. I found absolutely no trace of the bridge, but it was not very big, so there was no need for a huge abutment."
  • First suspension bridge with a rigid level deck.
1809 Schuylkill Falls
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (Schuylkill River)
Bridgemeister ID:9
Structurae ID:0008053
References:AAJ, BBR, BPL, CAB, DSE20000118, HBE, PTS2
Principals:John Templeman
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:2 x 153f
Deck width:18f
Notes
  • Failed 1811, 1816. HBE notes the 1811 was due to weight of cattle. The 1816 failure was due to weight of ice and snow.
1816 Spider
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (Schuylkill River)
Bridgemeister ID:20
References:AAJ, BOB, BPL, GHD, HBE, LAB, PTS2
Principals:Josiah White, Erskine Hazard
Use:Footbridge
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Main span:393.75f
Notes
  • Narrow footbridge. First wire bridge in North America. HBE notes "first wire suspension bridge in any country."
  • Often described as having collapsed under the weight of ice and snow, Don Sayenga notes that no contemporary sources confirm this demise. Since the nearby chain bridge did fail under weight of ice and snow, he believes this fate has been misattributed to the White and Hazard footbridge. Don believes the bridge was just dismantled at some point after June, 1816.
  • Al Zagofsky also wrote to explain there was no evidence of this bridge collapsing under weight of ice and snow. Al writes: "According to an original source Captain Joshua Rowley Watson, who inspected the bridge on June 15, 1816: '...There was a bridge, but which by the weight of ice and snow, has been carried away.' This refers to the previous bridge that the cable bridge was temporarily replacing. I did not see any cause for failure of the wire rope bridge. My guess is that it was removed when the regular bridge was repaired. The same article shows a sketch that he made, showing the main span to be 407 feet. I am looking at the Canal History and Technology Proceedings Vol 5, March 22, 1986."
1827 (chain bridge)
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA (Merrimack River)
Bridgemeister ID:23
Structurae ID:0008067
References:AAJ, BPL, HBE, PTS2
Principals:Thomas Haven
Status:Replaced, 1840
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:5
Main spans:3
Side spans:2
Notes
  • Multi-span structure distinct from Templeman's 1810 Chain Bridge. Sometimes misidentified as an 1827 replacement to the 1810 Templeman Chain Bridge because of the significant damage to the Templeman bridge in 1827.
Print, collection of David Denenberg
1842 Fairmount (Callowhill St.)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (Schuylkill River)
Bridgemeister ID:24
References:BBR, BOB, BPL, HBE, LAB, PTS2, WHSB
Principals:Charles Ellet
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced, 1875
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:342f
Notes
  • BBR and BOB say 1841.
Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg
1845 Pittsburgh Aqueduct
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (Allegheny River)
Bridgemeister ID:27
Structurae ID:0006118
References:BOB, BOP, BPL, HBE, ONF, PTS2, RDH, SJR
Principals:John A. Roebling
Use:Aqueduct
Status:Removed, 1861
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:7
Main spans:7 x 162f
Notes
  • In use until 1860.
1846 Monongahela (Smithfield Street)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (Monongahela River)
Bridgemeister ID:28
Structurae ID:0007338
References:BOB, BOP, BPL, HBE, ONF, PBR, PTS2
Principals:John A. Roebling
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed, 1882
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:8
Main spans:8 x 188f
Deck width:20f
1848 Delaware Aqueduct (Roebling Aqueduct)
Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania and Minisink Ford, New York, USA (Delaware River)
Bridgemeister ID:30
Structurae ID:0000260
O'Donnell ID:21
Coordinates:N 41.48262 W 74.98461
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BDR, BOB, BPL, GBD, LAB, LACE, RDH, SJR
Principals:John A. Roebling
Use:Aqueduct and Vehicular (one-lane, with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2006)
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:4
Main spans:3 x 131f, 142f
Notes
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Andy Warren Photo courtesy National Park Service Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1848 Niagara Suspension
Niagara Falls, New York, USA and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada (Niagara River)
Bridgemeister ID:29
References:BOB, BPL, HBE, ONF, PTS2
Principals:Charles Ellet
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:770f
Deck width:7.5f

Notes
1849 Lackawaxen Aqueduct
Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania, USA (Lackawaxen River)
Bridgemeister ID:31
Structurae ID:0007339
References:AAJ, BOB, BPL, RDH, SJR
Principals:John A. Roebling
Use:Aqueduct
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:2 x 114.37f
Notes
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
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
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
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
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.
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
1869 Clifton (Niagara-Clifton, Falls View, First Falls View)
Niagara Falls, New York, USA and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada (Niagara River)
Bridgemeister ID:70
Structurae ID:0000528
References:AAJ, BPL, HBE, PTS2
Principals:Samuel Keefer
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced, 1889
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Main span:1,268.3f
Deck width:10f
Notes
Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg
1869 Waco
Waco, Texas, USA (Brazos River)
Bridgemeister ID:72
Structurae ID:0001398
O'Donnell ID:928
References:AAJ, BC3, BPL, BRAZ, GBD, HAERTX98, HBE, PTS2, WSB
Principals:Thomas M. Griffith
Use:Vehicular (with walkway)
Status:In use, but restricted to foot traffic (last checked, 2014)
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:475f
Deck width:18f
Notes
  • Rebuilt 1915.
Photo by Carla Pendergraft
1876 Point
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (Monongahela River)
Bridgemeister ID:84
Structurae ID:0006126
References:AAJ, BOP, BPL, HBE, IEA, ONF, PBR, PTS2, SA19000106
Principals:Edward Hemberle
Use:Vehicular and Rail (streetcar)
Status:Demolished, 1927
Main cables:Eyebar
Suspended spans:1
Main span:800f
Deck width:34f
Notes
  • Partial floor collapse requiring extensive repairs, December 24, 1903. Repaired, 1904. Demolished 1927.
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1877 Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA (Mississippi River - Nicollet Island)
Bridgemeister ID:86
References:AAJ, BPL, HBE, PTS2
Principals:Thomas M. Griffith
Use:Vehicular (with walkway)
Status:Replaced, 1890
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:675.1f
Deck width:32f

Notes
Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg
1883 Brooklyn (Great East River)
New York and Brooklyn, New York, USA (East River)
Bridgemeister ID:89
Structurae ID:0000011
O'Donnell ID:834
Coordinates:N 40.706 W 73.99667
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BAAW, BBR, BBTS, BC3, BFL, BLD, BMA, BOB, BOU, BPL, COB, CTW, GB, GBD, HBE, LAB, LACE, NG198305, ONF, PTS2, SJR
Principals:John A. Roebling, Washington A. Roebling
Use:Rail and Vehicular (major highway, light rail, with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1,595.5f
Side spans:2 x 930f
Deck width:85f

Notes
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Josh Denenberg Photo by Bill Campbell
1884 North Side (Seventh Street)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (Allegheny River)
Bridgemeister ID:91
References:AAJ, BPL, HBE, PBR, PTS2
Principals:Gustav Lindenthal
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed, 1924
Main cables:Eyebar
Suspended spans:4
Main spans:2 x 320f
Side spans:2 x 165f
Deck width:42f

Notes
1887 Hammersmith
London, England, United Kingdom (River Thames)
Bridgemeister ID:419
Structurae ID:0008013
Coordinates:N 51.48845 W 0.23019
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:BEM, BPL, HBE, NTB, PTS2
Principals:Sir Joseph Bazalgette
Use:Vehicular (two-lane)
Status:In use (last checked, 2006)
Main cables:Eyebar
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1
Side spans:2

Notes
Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg
1897 Lincoln Highway (Chester)
East Liverpool, Ohio and Chester, West Virginia, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:105
References:AAJ, BPL, HBE, PTS2
Principals:Hermann Laub, E.S. Fickes
Use:Vehicular (with walkway)
Status:Removed, 1970
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:705f
Side spans:360f, 420f
Deck width:27f
Notes
  • Rebuilt 1939 by David Steinman. Closed and demolished, 1970.
1897 Rochester
Rochester and Monaca, Pennsylvania, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:104
Structurae ID:0009575
References:AAJ, BPL, HBE, PTS2
Principals:E.K. Morse
Use:Vehicular (with walkway)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:800f
Side spans:400f, 416f
Deck width:28f
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1899 Lewiston-Queenston
Lewiston, New York, USA and Queenston, Ontario, Canada (Niagara River)
Bridgemeister ID:108
References:AAJ, BPL, HBE, PTS2
Principals:L.L. Buck, R.S. Buck
Use:Vehicular and Rail (streetcar)
Status:Replaced, 1962
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:1,040f
Deck width:17f
Notes
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1903 Williamsburg
New York and Brooklyn, New York, USA (East River)
Bridgemeister ID:111
Structurae ID:0000514
O'Donnell ID:836
Coordinates:N 40.71355 W 73.97226
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BAAW, BAR, BBR, BPL, GBD, HBE, PTS2, SJR
Principals:L.L. Buck
Use:Rail and Vehicular (major highway, light rail, with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2006)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:1,600f

Notes
Photo by Bill Campbell
1904 Lordville-Equinunk
Lordville, New York and Equinunk, Pennsylvania, USA (Delaware River)
Bridgemeister ID:112
Structurae ID:0008003
Coordinates:N 41.867745 W 75.213789
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:BDR, BOL, BPL, HHP
Principals:Owego Bridge Company
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Demolished, 1986
Main cables:Eyebar (steel)
Suspended spans:2
Main span:347f
Side span:56f
Notes
Photo by David Denenberg
1904 Riegelsville
Riegelsville, Pennsylvania and Riegelsville, New Jersey, USA (Delaware River)
Bridgemeister ID:113
Structurae ID:0005820
O'Donnell ID:40
Coordinates:N 40.59427 W 75.19062
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:BDR, BPL, SSS
Principals:John A. Roebling's Sons Co., S. A. Cooney
Use:Vehicular (two-lane heavy, with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main spans:3
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by David Denenberg
1905 Market Street
Steubenville, Ohio and East Steubenville, West Virginia, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:114
Structurae ID:0009566
O'Donnell ID:454
Coordinates:N 40.35833 W 80.61167
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BPL, PTS2
Principals:Hermann Laub
Use:Vehicular (two-lane)
Status:Under reconstruction (last checked, 2011)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:680f
Side spans:2 x 260f

Notes
Photo by Donny Oliver Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz
1905 Newell
East Liverpool, Ohio and Newell, West Virginia, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:117
Structurae ID:0004767
O'Donnell ID:452
Coordinates:N 40.62167 W 80.595
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BPL, PTS2
Principals:Dravo Company
Use:Vehicular (two-lane, with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2006)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:750f
Side spans:2
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Donny Oliver Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1909 Manhattan
New York and Brooklyn, New York, USA (East River)
Bridgemeister ID:123
Structurae ID:0000529
O'Donnell ID:835
Coordinates:N 40.70667 W 73.99167
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BAAW, BBR, BC3, BPL, GBD, HBE, LAB, PTS2, SA19050909, SJR
Principals:O.F. Nichols, Leon Moisseiff
Use:Vehicular (double-deck)
Status:In use (last checked, 2014)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1,470f
Side spans:2 x 725f
Notes
Photo by Bill Campbell Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Bill Campbell
1914 Churn Creek
Gang Ranch, British Columbia, Canada (Fraser River)
Bridgemeister ID:131
References:BPL
Principals:Waddell & Harrington
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use (last checked, 2006)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Photo by Steve Shulhan
1914 Old
Lillooet, British Columbia, Canada (Fraser River)
Bridgemeister ID:130
O'Donnell ID:169
Coordinates:N 50.72566 W 121.92366
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:BPL
Principals:Waddell & Harrington
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Extant
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~400f
Notes
  • Known locally as "The Old Bridge."
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1916 Belpre-Parkersburg
Parkersburg, West Virginia and Belpre, Ohio, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:134
Structurae ID:0007342
References:AAJ, BPL, PTS2, SJR
Principals:Hermann Laub
Use:Vehicular (with walkway)
Status:Demolished, March 16, 1980
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:775f
Side spans:275f, 375f
Deck width:22f
1926 Andy Warhol (Seventh Street)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (Allegheny River)
Bridgemeister ID:148
Structurae ID:0002306
O'Donnell ID:30
Coordinates:N 40.44626 W 80.00145
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BOP, BPL, PBR, PTS2, USS
Principals:Vernon R. Covell, T.J. Wilkerson, A.D. Nutter, H.E. Dodge, Stanley L. Roush
Use:Vehicular (four-lane, with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2014)
Main cables:Eyebar (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:442f
Side spans:2 x 221f
Deck width:62f
Notes
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1926 Benjamin Franklin (Philadelphia-Camden)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Camden, New Jersey, USA (Delaware River)
Bridgemeister ID:145
Structurae ID:0000531
O'Donnell ID:403 (more: 403)
Coordinates:N 39.95333 W 75.135
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BBR, BFL, BONJ, BPL, DRB, GBD, PTL, PTS2, USS
Principals:Modjeski, Webster, Ball, Moiseff
Use:Vehicular and Rail (major highway, subway, with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1,750f
Side spans:2 x 719.5f
Deck width:125.5f

Notes
Photo by Bill Campbell Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell Photo by David Denenberg
1926 Second Alexandra
Spuzzum, British Columbia, Canada (Fraser River - Caribou Highway)
Bridgemeister ID:147
O'Donnell ID:173
Coordinates:N 49.70739 W 121.41669
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:BPL
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use, but restricted to foot traffic
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:270f

Notes
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1927 Rachel Carson (Ninth Street)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (Allegheny River)
Bridgemeister ID:150
Structurae ID:0004771
O'Donnell ID:31
Coordinates:N 40.44669 W 79.99980
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BOP, BPL, PBR, PTS2, USS
Principals:Vernon R. Covell, T.J. Wilkerson, A.D. Nutter, H.E. Dodge, Stanley L. Roush
Use:Vehicular (four-lane, with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2014)
Main cables:Eyebar (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:430f
Side spans:2 x 215f
Notes
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1928 Roberto Clemente (Sixth Street)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (Allegheny River)
Bridgemeister ID:158
Structurae ID:0004770
O'Donnell ID:29
Coordinates:N 40.44558 W 80.00332
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BOP, BPL, PBR, PTS2, SSS, USS
Principals:Vernon R. Covell, T.J. Wilkerson, A.D. Nutter, H.E. Dodge, Stanley L. Roush
Use:Vehicular (four-lane, with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2014)
Main cables:Eyebar (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:430f
Side spans:2 x 215f
Notes
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1928 Saint Marys (Hi Carpenter, Short Route)
Saint Marys, West Virginia and Newport, Ohio, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:159
References:BPL, GBD, PTS2
Principals:J.E. Greiner Co.
Use:Vehicular
Status:Demolished, 1971
Main cables:Eyebar (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:700f
Notes
Photo by Ralph Trepal
1929 Grand Mère
Grand-Mère, Quebec, Canada (St. Maurice River)
Bridgemeister ID:162
Structurae ID:0003353
Coordinates:N 46.620117 W 72.6794
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BC3, BPL, PTS2, SJR
Principals:Robinson and Steinman
Use:Vehicular (two-lane heavy, with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:948.8f
Deck width:26f
Photo by David Denenberg
1930 Mid-Hudson
Poughkeepsie and Highland, New York, USA (Hudson River)
Bridgemeister ID:166
Structurae ID:0000544
O'Donnell ID:596
Coordinates:N 41.702933 W 73.946683
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BPL, PTS2, SJR, USS
Principals:Ralph Modjeski
Use:Vehicular (two-lane heavy, with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1,500f
Side spans:2 x 750f
Deck width:39f
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Douglas Kerr Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1931 George Washington (GWB)
New York, New York and Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA (Hudson River)
Bridgemeister ID:169
Structurae ID:0000032
O'Donnell ID:589
Coordinates:N 40.85333 W 73.955
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, AOB, ARF, BBR, BC3, BFL, BMA, BONJ, BOU, BPL, BRU, COB, CTW, ENR19270811a, ENR19270811b, ENR19290411c, GBD, LAB, LACE, PTS2, SIX, SJR
Principals:O.H. Ammann, Leon Moisseiff, Dana, Gilbert
Use:Vehicular (double-deck, with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:3,500f
Side spans:2 x 650f
Deck width:120f

Notes
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz Photo by John Hall Photograph, collection of David Denenberg Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1931 South Tenth Street (South Side)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (Monongahela River)
Bridgemeister ID:173
Structurae ID:0004772
O'Donnell ID:28
Coordinates:N 40.43166 W 79.989
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BOP, BPL, PBR, SSS, USS
Principals:Sydney A. Shubin
Use:Vehicular (four-lane, with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2011)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:750f
Side spans:2 x 275f
Deck width:54f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell Photo by David Denenberg
1931 St. Johns
Portland, Oregon, USA (Willamette River)
Bridgemeister ID:174
Structurae ID:0000510
O'Donnell ID:442
Coordinates:N 45.585 W 122.76333
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, ADDS, BC3, BCO, BFL, BPL, GBD, LAB, SJR
Principals:Robinson and Steinman
Use:Vehicular (four-lane, with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1,207f
Side spans:2 x 430.25f
Deck width:52f
Notes
  • Substantially rehabilitated, 2003-2005.
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell Photo by Jason Hamm
1932 Prairie du Chien I
Praire du Chien, Wisconsin and Marquette, Iowa, USA (Mississippi River)
Bridgemeister ID:177
Structurae ID:0030637
References:AAJ, AUB, BPL
Principals:Austin Bridge Co.
Use:Vehicular (two-lane)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Main span:473f
Notes
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1932 Prairie du Chien II
Praire du Chien, Wisconsin and Marquette, Iowa, USA (Mississippi River)
Bridgemeister ID:1256
Structurae ID:0030637
References:AAJ, AUB, BPL
Principals:Austin Bridge Co.
Use:Vehicular (two-lane)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Main span:473f
Notes
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1936 San Francisco-Oakland Bay
Oakland and San Francisco, California, USA (San Francisco Bay)
Bridgemeister ID:184
Structurae ID:0000262
O'Donnell ID:409
Coordinates:N 37.78667 W 122.39
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, AZB, BAAW, BC3, BPL, GBD, LAB, OBB1, SFOM, USS
Principals:C.H. Purcell, Glenn B. Woodruff
Use:Vehicular (double-deck)
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:6
Main spans:2,210f, 2,224.4f
Deck width:66f (58f roadway)
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Andrew Holbrook Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1937 Golden Gate
San Francisco and Marin County, California, USA (San Francisco Bay)
Bridgemeister ID:188
Structurae ID:0000029
O'Donnell ID:408
Coordinates:N 37.82 W 122.47667
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, AZB, BAAW, BBR, BC3, BFL, BLD, BMA, BOU, BPL, BRU, COB, CTW, GAT, GBD, GGB, LAB, SPG
Principals:Joseph B. Strauss, Leon Moisseiff, Charles A. Ellis, Irving F. Morrow
Use:Vehicular (major highway, with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2006)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:4,200f
Side spans:2 x 1,125.41f
Deck width:80f

Notes
Photo courtesy Ronald and Elizabeth Denenberg Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Dean DeSantis Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1939 Bronx-Whitestone
The Bronx and Queens, New York, USA (East River)
Bridgemeister ID:191
Structurae ID:0000010
O'Donnell ID:839
Coordinates:N 40.80167 W 73.83
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, ARF, BAAW, BBR, BFL, BPL, GBD, SIX
Principals:O. H. Ammann, Allston Dana
Use:Vehicular (major highway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:2,300f
Side spans:2 x 735f

Notes
Photo by David Denenberg
1939 Sullivan-Hutsonville
Hutsonville, Illinois and Sullivan, Indiana, USA (Wabash River)
Bridgemeister ID:196
Structurae ID:0008022
Coordinates:N 39.1101 W 87.6551
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BPL, IMB, SJR19880926
Principals:Steinman & Robinson, R.V. Milbank, Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co., Charles J. Glasgow
Use:Vehicular (two-lane, with walkway)
Status:Demolished, 1989
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:350f
Side spans:2 x 150f
Deck width:20f
Notes
  • Demolished 1989. This bridge was Steinman's attempt at a self-anchored suspension bridge and met a controversial demise in 1989. An article in the September 26, 1988 issue of the Springfield, IL "The State Journal-Register" describes the ongoing controversy. The company to which the $100,000 demolition contract was let offered to turn the money over to save the bridge. The locals agreed, but the company's Chief Engineer Stephen Schneider was quoted, "I think Indiana really wants to tear it down. They've been ... forced to send inspectors out every two weeks. I think they just want the headache gone." Gary Abell, spokesman for the Indiana Dept. Of Highways said its design is "not one of the best. It works in theory, but not in practice. This is like trying to save a mistake." After a lot of back-and-forth, the locals gave up, "We've had it with them. We don't want anything more to do with it. They can tear the damn thing down." Animosity toward this bridge continues 13 years after its demolition. In 2002, in an email to Wayne Grodkiewicz (who provided me with much information about this bridge), an INDOT representative said, "I am not sure why you are interested in that bridge, but from our stand point, it was a very poorly designed bridge that had many many problems from the day that it was completed, until it was brought down."
  • See www.bridgehunter.com: Historic Bridges of the United States | Hutsonville Bridge | Crawford County, Illinois.
1940 Orleans
Orleans, California, USA (Klamath River)
Bridgemeister ID:197
References:BPL, WOT
Principals:C.H. Purcell, Murphy Pacific Co.
Status:Destroyed, 1965
Notes
1940 Tacoma Narrows (Galloping Gertie)
Tacoma and Gig Harbor, Washington, USA (Puget Sound)
Bridgemeister ID:198
Structurae ID:0000074
Coordinates:N 47.26167 W 122.54
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BAR, BBR, BFL, BMA, BPL, COB, CTT, GBD, IT1999F, SPW
Principals:Leon Moisseiff
Use:Vehicular (two-lane heavy, with walkway)
Status:Collapsed, 1940
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:2,800f
Side spans:2 x 1,100f
Deck width:39f
Notes
Photo, collection of David Denenberg Postcard, courtesy of Kevin Walsh
1951 Delaware Memorial I
New Castle, Delaware and Pennsville, New Jersey, USA (Delaware River)
Bridgemeister ID:207
Structurae ID:0000511
O'Donnell ID:359 (more: 359)
Coordinates:N 39.68874 W 75.51860
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:BONJ, BPL, CTD, GBD
Principals:Homer R. Seely, Enoch R. Needles, Othmar Ammann, et. al.
Use:Vehicular (major highway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:2,150f
Side spans:2 x 750f
Deck width:70f

Notes
Photo by David Denenberg
1967 Orleans
Orleans, California, USA (Klamath River)
Bridgemeister ID:223
Structurae ID:0011101
O'Donnell ID:406
Coordinates:N 41.30167 W 123.53333
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:BCO, BPL, WOT
Principals:Ostap Bender, A.P. Bezzone, Jr.
Use:Vehicular (two-lane heavy, with walkway)
Status:In use
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:430f

Notes
Photo by David Denenberg
1969 Claiborne Pell (Newport, Newport-Pell)
Newport and Jamestown, Rhode Island, USA (Narragansett Bay)
Bridgemeister ID:226
Structurae ID:0000541
O'Donnell ID:771
Coordinates:N 41.505 W 71.34166
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:BPL
Principals:Parsons, Brinkerhoff, Quade, Douglas
Use:Vehicular (four-lane)
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1,600f
Side spans:2 x 687f
Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz Photo by Michael Levy



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