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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  • October 2, 2017
    If you love history and old bridges, this is for you. It was built in the 1800's and still remains open to traffic. You can also walk across it, but beware, it does sway depending on the wind and cars...  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    Suspension Bridge is an attraction that we often observe as we drive near/through Wheeling. Wheeling Suspension Bridge was the largest suspension bridge in the world from 1849 until 1851. WheelingSusp...  more »
  • September 19, 2017
    It was worth the time to stop and view the bridge.After seeing it first hand you can see its history although driving across it can be an eye opener.  more »
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  • April 8, 2017
    Great view of the Ohio river!Very historic!
  • June 26, 2017
    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
  • October 4, 2016
    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!)
  • January 29, 2017
    Very scenic look right across the Ohio River
  • March 5, 2017
    Very neat looking bridge

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