“A Wheeling Suspension Bridge Tour” – Ohio Co. Public Library

“The history of the Wheeling Suspension Bridge is intimately involved in the history of Wheeling and must be viewed in terms of a national emphasis on what was then called “internal improvements,” which meant the construction of a network of transportation systems to join the untapped natural resources of the Midwest with the commercial centers on the eastern seaboard. One of the earliest advocated for “internal improvements” was Albert Gallatin, who as Secretary of the Treasury published his influential report on roads and canals in 1808. However, before the dawn of the nineteenth century Ebenezer Zane, the founder of Wheeling, received approval from the U. S. Congress to build a post road in the Northwest Territory from Wheeling to Limestone (now Maysville), Kentucky. This established Wheeling as a gateway to the Northwest Territories. This position was greatly enhanced with the construction of the National Road from Cumberland, Maryland to Wheeling. . .”

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“Wheeling Suspension Bridge” – American Society of Civil Engineers

     “We have seen the stones laid one upon another, and like the workman who builds himself to the top of the highest tower, we scarcely appreciate the work we have done. … But the stranger, who sees it for the first time, looks up with awe and wonder to those immense towers and gigantic cables. … Wonderful as the age is, this is truly one of its most wonderful and majestic works. …”  – The Daily Wheeling Gazette, Oct. 1, 1849

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“Wheeling, WV Suspension Bridge”

“First long span wire-cable suspension bridge and longest clear-span bridge built pre Civil War. In Wheeling, WV crosses the Ohio River.”    (4:29/2010/Wanda Kaluza)  (Ms. Kaluza is from NJ, and probably an elementary teacher)

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