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. It was designed by Charles Ellet Jr., who also worked on the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge. The Wheeling bridge was the first to span the Ohio River, and was an important link on the National Road.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.HistoryA charter was granted to the Wheeling and Belmont Bridge Company in 1816 to construct a bridge to extend the Cumberland Pike, which was to be completed in 1818, to Ohio. After a number of delays, a new bridge charter was obtained in 1847. Charles Ellet and John A. Roebling were invited to submit designs and estimates for a bridge over the east channel of the river to Wheeling Island. In doing so, the design was set as a suspension bridge, as Ellet and Roebling were the foremost authorities on the topic. Ellet received the contract award in 1847 and began the same year. The bridge was completed in 1849.
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  • I really enjoyed driving over this bridge, the “back” way into casino. A real throwback into the day. Too bad the exhibit center is in disrepair.  more »
  • We chose to drive over the Suspension Bridge on our way out of town. While the bridge itself is very beautiful, the location is a little bit of a let down. The surrounding area on each side of the bri...  more »
  • It is worth the ride just to drive on this unusual bridge in the heart of wheeling. It is right off the main street in downtown. It is also nice to look at from a distance.  more »
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  • Great view of the Ohio river!Very historic!
  • It would be nice too know there's a damn height restrictions BEFORE YOUR Committed to going over the damn bridge, No opportunity to turn around what so ever thanks for tearing off my vent cap
  • 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!)
  • Very scenic look right across the Ohio River
  • Very neat looking bridge

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