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:
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.”
I 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.