Wheeling Suspension Bridge

Wheeling Suspension Bridge (HM1CI2)

Location: Wheeling, WV 26003 Ohio County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 4.193', W 80° 43.515'

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Gateway to the West

The Wheeling Suspension Bridge, designed and erected by Charles Ellet, Jr., was completed in 1849. Known as the "Gateway to the West," the bridge was the first to cross the Ohio River carrying people and products to the West along the National Road. It was the longest suspension bridge in the world, 1010 feet at the time it was constructed. The bridge held that distinction until the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883. Called "the father of American suspension bridges," it is the oldest vehicular suspension bridge in the world that is still being used.

The great 1849 suspension bridge at Wheeling extended the National Road west, bringing people and goods to the city. At the northernmost navigable part on the Ohio River, overland routes, river traffic, and railroads converged, attracting entrepreneurs who manufactured iron, steel, nails, textiles, glass, tobacco, and other goods.
HM NumberHM1CI2
Placed ByThe Friends of Wheeling
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Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 6:28pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 523428 N 4435549
Decimal Degrees40.06988333, -80.72525000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 4.193', W 80° 43.515'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 4' 11.58" N, 80° 43' 30.90" W
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Area Code(s)304, 740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 403 Wheeling Heritage Trail, Wheeling WV 26003, US
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