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Roebling Suspension Bridge, Cincinnati

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The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge spans the Ohio River between Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky. When the first pedestrians crossed on December 1, 1866, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world at main span. Pedestrians use the bridge to get between the sports venues in Cincinnati (Paul Brown Stadium, Great American Ball Park, and U.S. Bank Arena) and the hotels, bars, restaurants, and parking lots in Northern Kentucky. The bar and restaurant district at the foot of the bridge on the Kentucky side is known as Roebling Point.Ramps were constructed leading directly from the bridge to the Dixie Terminal building used for streetcars. These provided Covington–Cincinnati streetcars "with a grade-separated route to the center of downtown, and the terminal building was originally intended to connect, via underground pedestrian passages, with the never-built Fountain Square Station of the infamous Cincinnati Subway." When streetcar service ceased in the 1950s the terminal was converted to a diesel bus terminal. The ramps were removed in 1998 when it ceased being used as a bus terminal.
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  • What a site to see. I am told this bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge were designed by the same person. And this is the bridge that the movie Rain Man used for the bridge humming seen. The deck is a metal...  more »
  • We did not get to drive over it but we did view and photograph it from both the Ohio and Kentucky sides of the Ohio River. This is a classic design. It's reminiscent of the Brooklyn Bridge and some of...  more »
  • Walk across this bridge to get to Cincinnati all the time because it is much easier to find parking in Kentucky. Easy access to Bengals, Reds, The Banks, and Smale Park. It's a pretty bridge, especial...  more »
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  • Love this place. However, it would be better if the bridge allow visitors to go to the top.
  • A very interesting bridge to look at. There are 5 bridges that all converge over the Ohio River and cross from Kentucky into Cincinnati. The Roebling Bridge built in the 1860s, is the one that you will pause and study. It is archetecually majestic and visually pleasing. It is interesting in it's design and build. I found myself amazed. I wondered how mankind could build such a thing before modern power tools, manlifts, cranes, gasoline engines, electricity, and CAD engineering programs. Someone had to visualize and figure this all out in their head. The impact and what this bridge must of ment to the citizens of Covington and Cincinnati must have been enormous at that time. I imagine todays analogy would be the U.S. Interstate road system in the '50s & '60s or the development of the intetnet in the '80s & '90s would be similarly life changing. Each free and opening up a brand new world to the everyday common man in it's time. John A. Roebling Company designed and built this and then went on and built the world famous Brooklyn Bridge in NY. There would not be a Brooklyn Bridge if there wasn't this bridge first. Learn more on youtube. Search John A Roebling Company Trenton NJ.
  • An easy path, an awesome view, and a bunch of nice places to visit nearby.
  • Walked across this iconic bridge. Easy walk.
  • Awesome piece of architecture, old but still sound, you can walk it all the way to NK and enjoy the view of the river. Cars drive on a steel grid above the Ohio River, so it sounds pretty loud, you can see the undercarriage from bellow once you get off, from there you can walk along the historic drive and see the old grand homes.