Suspension Bridge, Wheeling

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The Wheeling Suspension Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the main channel of the Ohio River at Wheeling, West Virginia. It was the largest suspension bridge in the world from 1849 until 1851. Charles Ellet Jr. (who also worked on the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge) built it, and it became the first bridge to span a major river west of the Appalachian mountains. It linked the eastern and western section of the National Road, and became especially strategically important during the American Civil War. Litigation in the United States Supreme Court concerning its obstruction of the new high steamboat smokestacks eventually cleared the way for other bridges, especially needed by expanding railroads. Because this bridge was designed during the horse-and-buggy era, 2-ton weight limits and vehicle separation requirements now apply.The main span is 1010ft from tower to tower. The east tower rests on the Wheeling shore, while the west tower is on Wheeling Island. The east tower is 153.5ft above the low-water level of the river, or 82ft from the base of the masonry. The west tower is 132.75ft above low water, with 69ft of masonry.The Wheeling Suspension Bridge was designated a National Historic Landmark on May 15, 1975. It is located in the Wheeling Island Historic District.
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  • As a structural engineer, we were taught the importance and significance of this wonderful historic bridge. What I didn't realize until I visited was that this is still a vital vehicle, pedestrian and...  more »
  • This bridge is a wonderful piece of architecture. Photographing it was slightly challenging since it was hard to find a good place to stand and get a good angle. We walked and even drove around a litt...  more »
  • The signs say “stay 50 ft apart” No one heads. It also say “2 ton weight limit” that’s the average weight of a car?!  more »
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  • Not really a place to go but more a historical place to see and maybe take some pictures. Being from the area i take it for granted. Its a beautiful sight and something cool to look at
  • I believe it was one of the largest suspension bridges in the world for a period of time and was built before the Civil War so it's historic to say three least.
  • Not bad service
  • great nostalgic bridge! We were very happy that we could still drive over it! (Not much on either side, however. Wheeling isn't what it used to be!)
  • Great view of the Ohio river!Very historic!
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