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. Charles Ellet Jr. (who also worked on the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge) built it, and it became the first bridge to span a major river west of the Appalachian mountains. It linked the eastern and western section of the National Road, and became especially strategically important during the American Civil War. Litigation in the United States Supreme Court concerning its obstruction of the new high steamboat smokestacks eventually cleared the way for other bridges, especially needed by expanding railroads. Because this bridge was designed during the horse-and-buggy era, 2-ton weight limits and vehicle separation requirements now apply.To visit Suspension Bridge on your holiday in Wheeling, and find out what else Wheeling has to offer, use our Wheeling.
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.
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I wanted to see the bridge and had no idea that they still let you walk across the bridge. This was a highlight of my trip to Wheeling. They were doing bridge repair, so the bridge was closed to...
I wanted to see the bridge and had no idea that they still let you walk across the bridge. This was a highlight of my trip to Wheeling. They were doing bridge repair, so the bridge was closed to... more »
I've been wanting to see this beautiful bridge for so long. it sucks it was closed but it was still so pretty. once they fix it, I'm sure she will be in her prime.
I've been wanting to see this beautiful bridge for so long. it sucks it was closed but it was still so pretty. once they fix it, I'm sure she will be in her prime. more »
I love downtown wheeling and the suspension bridge is no exception! I think it's a wonderful part of Wheeling and such a cool thing to see and experience! I often use it for my photography as it gives such an amazing feeling to any type of photos and the sun sets perfectly over it giving the most gorgeous golden hours ✨
Beautiful bridge to see and walk across. I miss when they did the waterfall fireworks on here during the 4th of July show in Wheeling.
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