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Suspension Bridge, Wheeling

Categories: Bridges, Tourist Spots
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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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  • If you stay at the McLure Hotel in downtown Wheeling this bridge is a neat short-cut and timesaver back to the hotel...... trip is a short mile.....and the history is fascinating, Glad to see that the...  read more »
  • Beautiful old suspension bridge in downtown that takes you to Wheeling Island. Classy but Scarey at same time 
  • Great to drive or walk over.. Lit up at night. Excellent old homes on the Island. Well worth the drive 
  • Cool bridge, take pictures when you walk on it!
  • The Wheeling Suspension Bridge is, I believe, the first bridge to have crossed the Ohio and is still in service after all these years. It carries traffic to and from downtown Wheeling to Wheeling Island. The bridge is a unique experience as there aren't too many of these old bridges still in service. Walking the bridge is also a treat as on a windy day you can feel the bridge move with the wind.
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