1866: The Initial Unveiling of a “Great Suspension Bridge” Between Ohio and Kentucky — Transportation History

December 1, 1866 A suspension bridge spanning the Ohio River between Cincinnati, Ohio, and Covington, Kentucky, was opened to the public when people were first allowed to walk across the new structure. The next day’s edition of the Cincinnati-based Commercial Gazette reported, “The new bridge was thronged throughout the day, fully 20,000 having crossed between sunrise […]

1866: The Initial Unveiling of a “Great Suspension Bridge” Between Ohio and Kentucky — Transportation History

One of John Roebling’s earlier prized works before the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. A documentary on this has been nominated for the 2021 Bridgehunter Awards in the category Best Bridge Media and Genre. To vote in that or in any of the other categories, click on the links below, and you will be led to the voting ballot. Remember, the ballot has three parts.

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2 thoughts on “1866: The Initial Unveiling of a “Great Suspension Bridge” Between Ohio and Kentucky — Transportation History

  1. Frank Leslie’s Popular Monthly dated May 1881 includes an article, Hanging Highways by Arthur V Abbott. The eight page article is devoted to suspension bridges. Much of the article is devoted to John A Roebling and the Niagara Bridge. The article states that the Covington and Cincinnati Suspension Bridge “was built by John A Roebling in 1869.” In great detail, the bridge towers, the two cables, the wire tensile strength, various dimensions, expansion and contraction stresses, the saddles, steel rollers spider anchor plates, and more, are described.

    The monthly magazine date differs from your posted date: 1866 v 1869.

    My interest in the magazine is the Wheeling Suspension Bridge. My ancestors were Ohio River steamboat owners, captains, and pilots who were involved in that bridge controversy.

    If the Leslie’s Monthly of May 1881 is of interest, I can be reached by email or telephone.

    Fran Nash
    Email: fwnash@comcast.net
    Tel: 717-609-3677

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