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Keeseville Suspension Bridge

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Keeseville suspension bridge

Photo taken Nov. 2008 by Marc N. Belanger and posted to Wikipedia as a public domain image

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Description 

This is an attractive swinging bridge fabricated by the regionally important bridge manufacturer, the Berlin Iron Bridge Co. While known for their patented Lenticular trusses, the company also made several suspension bridges, for both pedestrian and highway use.

This example is more of a basic one, without a elegant builders plaque, portal cresting, and finials that are common on other Berlin Iron Bridge products. It has a simple builders plate on the portal bracing though. The structure retains a good amount of historical integrity, with no major alterations to be found. The stiffening truss is original, with some rivets being replaced with bolts, but otherwise is in good order. The structure rests on original cut stone abutments.

As such, this bridge is both historically and technologically significant, as both a production on an prolific bridge manufacturer but also as a example of a 19th century suspension bridge and thus is certainly entitled to continued preservation efforts.

Facts 

Overview
Suspension footbridge over AuSable River beyond the end of Clinton Street in Keeseville
Location
Keeseville, Essex County, New York, and Clinton County, New York
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built 1888 by the Berlin Iron Bridge Co.
Builder
- Berlin Iron Bridge Co. of East Berlin, Connecticut
Design
Twisted wire cable suspension
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 240.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 12, 1999
Also called
Swing Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.50362, -73.48248   (decimal degrees)
44°30'13" N, 73°28'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/620632/4928931 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Keeseville
Inventory numbers
NRHP 99001322 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 44130 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 9, 2017: New photos from Michael Quiet
  • August 20, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • April 27, 2015: New photos from Michael Quiet
  • February 13, 2010: Added by James Baughn

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