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22 suspension bridges were found for search criteria: CAB . All 22 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: CAB. This will find the bridge if it is pictured on the site, but is not a catenary suspension bridge.
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.
1807 Chain
Georgetown, District of Columbia and Virginia, USA (Potomac River)
Bridgemeister ID:4
Structurae ID:0008052
Coordinates:N 38.92959 W 77.11627
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BBR, BCW, CAB, DSE20000118, HBE, PTS2
Principals:John Templeman
Use:Vehicular
Status:Destroyed, 1812
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:128.5f
Notes
  • BCW gives completion date of 1810 and says bridge was destroyed by flood two years later.
  • Coordinates given are for the current crossing (VA SR123, still known locally as "Chain Bridge Road") which is on (or very close) to the alignment of Chain Bridge. Chain Bridge was the third bridge at this site. The current structure is the eighth and was completed in 1940.
1807 Wills Creek
Cumberland, Maryland, USA (Wills Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:5
References:AAJ, BCW, CAB, DSE20000203, HBE
Principals:John Templeman
Status:Destroyed, 1810
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Main span:139f
Notes
1809 (chain bridge)
Brownsville vicinity, Pennsylvania, USA
Bridgemeister ID:8
References:AAJ, CAB, DSE20000203, HBE
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
1809 (chain bridge)
Brownsville, Pennsylvania, USA (Dunlap's Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:7
Structurae ID:0008055
References:AAJ, BCW, CAB, DSE20000118, DSE20000203, HBE
Principals:John Templeman
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Notes
  • From Dunlap's Creek Bridge: "The first recorded bridge across Dunlap's Creek was a wooden structure constructed prior to 1774. It was repaired in 1801, but was destroyed during a spring storm in 1808. A chain-link suspension bridge was built on the site in 1809; it collapsed under the weight of snow and a heavily laden wagon in 1820. A third bridge, another wooden structure, built in 1821 also failed. The present bridge is thus the fourth bridge at the site."
1809 (chain bridge)
Wilmington, Delaware, USA (Brandywine Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:6
References:AAJ, BCW, CAB, DSE20000203, HBE
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:145f
Deck width:30f
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.
1810 (chain bridge)
Frankfort, Kentucky, USA (Kentucky River)
Bridgemeister ID:10
Structurae ID:0008057
References:AAJ, CAB
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:2 x 167f
1810 (chain bridge)
Paulings Ford, Pennsylvania, USA (Schuylkill River)
Bridgemeister ID:11
Structurae ID:0008060
References:CAB
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
1810 (chain bridge)
Reading, Pennsylvania, USA (Schuykill River)
Bridgemeister ID:12
Structurae ID:0008059
References:CAB
Principals:Ulrich Kissinger
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
1810 (chain bridge)
Wrightstown, Pennsylvania, USA (Neshaminy River)
Bridgemeister ID:13
Structurae ID:0008058
References:AAJ, CAB, DSE20000403
Principals:John Parker
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Main spans:2 x 100f
1810 Chain (Essex-Merrimack)
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA (Merrimack River - Deer Island)
Bridgemeister ID:14
Structurae ID:0001418
Coordinates:N 42.833167 W 70.90645
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BBR, CAB, GBD, HBE, POPE, PTS2, RDH
Principals:John Templeman
Use:Vehicular (two-lane light)
Status:Replaced
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:243f
Deck width:30f (2 roadways of 15f)
Notes
  • John Templeman built several bridges (like this one) using James Finley's design.
  • Repaired in 1827 after 5 of 10 chains snapped under weight of a team of oxen.
  • The complete description from Thomas Pope's 1811 Treatise (POPE):
    "The chain Bridge lately thrown over the Merrimack, three miles above Newburyport, in the state of Massachusetts, is now in constant use. This Bridge consists of a single arc, two hundred and forty-four feet span. The abutments are of stone, forty-seven feet long, and thirty-seven high; the uprights, or framed work, which stand on the abutments, are thirty-five feet high, over which are suspended ten distinct chains, the ends of which on both sides of the river are buried deep in pits and secured by large stones: each chain is five hundred and sixteen feet long; and, where they pass over the uprights, they are treble, and made in short links, which is said to be more secure than saddles made of plates of iron. The four middle joists rest on the chains; all the rest are suspended to the main chains to equalize the floor. This Bridge has two passage-ways of fifteen feet in width each, and the floor is so solid as to admit of horses, carriages, etc. to travel at any speed, with very little perceptible motion of the floors. The railing is stout and strong, which adds much firmness to the floor. There are three chains in each range on each side, and four in the middle range: they are calculated to support nearly five hundred tons. From the surface of the water to the middle of the floor is forty feet; and from the top of the abutments to the top of the uprights is thirty-five feet high, making seventy-two feet. The magnitude and power of the abutments, the width and length of the floors, the elevation of the work, the evident powers of the chains, etc. all conspire to make it a wonderful work. Every expense attending it did not amount to twenty-five thousand dollars. The abutment being of stone, the uprights covered, and the chains painted to prevent rust, leaves nothing but the flooring to decay. This Bridge was constructed by John Templeman, Esq. of the district of Columbia, whose talents for the productions of such work, and the various improvements suggested and used by him, have been highly beneficial, and do him great credit."
  • Gregory W. Buff sent a transcription of an article describing the 1827 failure. The article was in the Saturday, February 24, 1827 issue (Volume IV, Number 31) of the Canadian Spectator (Montreal, Quebec) newspaper:
    "Newburyport, Feb 9. Disastrious [sic] Accident. - On Tuesday morning last, the Essex Merrimack Bridge gave way in the centre, from the parting of the chains that support it. On the Bridge, at the moment, was a loaded team, drawn by six oxen and two horses, driven by two men, Messrs. Garlton [sic] and Jackman, all of whom were precipitated, forty feet, into the river beneath. The teamsters preserved themselves by means of swimming, and the support of fragments of the bridge; the team were all of them except one of the horses, swept beneath the ice a few rods below, and drowned. Five of the ten chains which supported the Bridge, were snapped in different places, and now remain upholding the broken and shattered timber altogether as sad a wreck as we ever witnessed. At the moment of the crash, the light evolved from the friction of the chains resembled the the vivid streaming of a meteor. Various excuses are assigned for the accident, and none, with more probability, than the united effect of the incumbent pressure of the immense body of snow lying upon the bridge, and the frost which had contracted the particles of iron. These produced a tenseness in the chains, which was incapable of resisting the additional pressure of the loaded team, and the whole gave way. The estimated expense of repairing the breach is about 4000 dollars; and the Directors, as we understand, plan to set about it immediately. It will be built up as before. To those who have been losers by this accident the corporation intend to make generous inumeration. The traveling will be uninterrupted, as the solidity of the ice above the bridge forms a safe passage way - and for the conveyance of carriages and heavy baggage the proprietors have promptly provided suitable boats. If any aversion to chain bridges has been produced by this accident, we should be sorry, for ourselves we feel yet unshaken faith in their superior security. The misfortune in this case was no doubt owing to the causes above stated, and not to any defect in the construction of the bridge. Probably hundreds of individuals, including each sex and all ages, have visited the ruins of the bridge. They present a sad and melancholy appearance - crushed and broken timbers suspended by the massy chains, which hang lazily from the pyramidical abutments, while the beholder instinctly shrinks back in terror at the reflection of the situation of the two human beings who were precipitated into the abyss beneath. The preservation of these two men is almost miraculous. Although hurled down 40 feet amid crashing and falling timber, entangled with their cattle, they fell without receiving the least injury, and attained the shore, after being for nearly half an hour, immerse in water chilled to the freezing point. Mr. Jackman is far advanced in years - and suffered somewhat from the exposure to the cold. Mr. Carlton [sic], escaped unhurt. The Chain Bridge has been built for about fifteen years, the span is 220 feet. We believe this was the second or third Chain Bridge built in the United States; and this is probably the first that has met with a similar accident. We understand the proprieters of the Rooks Bridge intend to rebuild theirs as a Chain Bridge."
  • Replaced by 1909 Chain - Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA. The 1909 structure was almost entirely new (except for portions of the piers and abutments).
Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg Glass slide, collection of David Denenberg
1811 (chain bridge)
Juniata Crossing, Pennsylvania, USA (Juniata River)
Bridgemeister ID:15
Structurae ID:0008062
References:CAB, DSE20000403
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
1811 (chain bridge)
Kentucky, USA
Bridgemeister ID:16
References:CAB
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
1811 (chain bridge)
Kentucky, USA
Bridgemeister ID:17
References:CAB
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
1811 Third Street
Easton, Pennsylvania, USA (Lehigh River)
Bridgemeister ID:18
Structurae ID:0008063
References:CAB, DSE20000203
Principals:Jacob Blumer (?)
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
1814 Hamilton Street
Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA (Lehigh River)
Bridgemeister ID:19
References:AAJ, CAB, DSE20000203, PTS2
Principals:Jacob Blumer
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:4
Main spans:2
Side spans:2
1820 Wills Creek
Cumberland, Maryland, USA (Wills Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:1149
References:CAB
Principals:Valentine Shockey
Status:Destroyed, 1838
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Main span:151.5f
Notes
1823 (suspension bridge)
Réunion (Sainte-Suzanne River)
Bridgemeister ID:1541
References:AAJ, ASB, CAB
Principals:Marc Brunel
Use:Vehicular (two-lane)
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:2 x 131.75f
Notes
Print, collection of David Denenberg
1823 (suspension bridge)
Réunion (Mat River)
Bridgemeister ID:1542
References:AAJ, ASB, CAB, MOS
Principals:Marc Brunel
Use:Vehicular (two-lane)
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:131.75f
Notes
  • Réunion was known as "Isle of Bourbon" at this time.
  • MOS: "These bridges were designed by Mr. Brunel, and executed in England, near Sheffield, where they were put together in January, 1823, before being sent out to the Isle de Bourbon."
  • Built as part of same project as 1823 (suspension bridge) - Réunion.
1824 Biery's
Biery's Port (Catasauqua), Pennsylvania, USA (Lehigh River)
Bridgemeister ID:21
References:CAB, DSE20000203
Principals:Jacob Blumer, George Deily (?)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
1824 Lehigh Gap (Palmerton)
Lehigh Gap, Pennsylvania, USA (Lehigh River)
Bridgemeister ID:22
Structurae ID:0008066
References:AAJ, CAB, DSE20000203, WHSB
Principals:Jacob Blumer
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced, 1933
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:3
Notes
  • Finley patent bridge.



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