Monthly Archives: March 2011

A Bridge Never Crossed

As I was reorganizing some of the archival papers after writing an earlier post, something caught my eye.

It was a small drawing of a suspension bridge:

roebling bridge

The 1873 letter accompanying the drawing reads: “Enclosed please find rough sketch, which will give you an idea how to construct a cheap susp. bridge. The price of 2″ diameter steel rope is 15 cents per foot. If you conclude to build, and should want more information, we will gladly give it.”

220px-RoeblingI have no idea why Crane & Co. would have been considering building a suspension bridge, but if they had they would have gotten their information from the best in the business: John A. Roebling’s Sons. If you don’t know the Roebling story, have a look here.

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