Photo taken by Kordite
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Originally, this bridge was for the P&LE Broadford Branch opened in 1883. The last rail ran across it in 1921 and the became a pedestrian bridge to for employees of the A. Overholt & Co. Distillery on the east shore of the Youghiogheny to travel to and from their homes in Adelaide on the west shore. At some point the original railroad bed was replaced by a suspension bridge, the remains of which are seen today. The bridge was abandoned in 1945. The Overholt Distillery was closed in the late 50s when it was bought out by Jim Beam, who still produces "Old Overholt 4 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey" in Kentucky.
This information was directly copied from Kordite. I'm surprised that he never added it to this page.
Perhaps, owing to how many suspension bridges are pedestrian-only, a logical classification would be Pedestrian and Non-Pedestrian.
Ah, excellent. That's pretty much what I was thinking. If you haven't finished tagging them yet I'll finish doing so when I get the chance.
I think that just creating new categories for the different types would work best, seeing as specific categories for eyebar suspension and cable stayed bridges already exist on the site.
I've gone ahead and created a wire/cable suspension category & a chain suspension category.
More specifically I'm referring to their place in the categories and tags; there's a 'suspension' category but few sub-categories in the tags that I can find other than the ones mentioned, so it isn't easy to browse by the different styles of suspension bridge, and it puts small wire suspension bridges and swinging bridges next to massive bay-spanning suspension bridges without an easy way of dividing them.
Since there are only a couple hundred suspension bridges on the site, I'll gladly take on the task of adding a couple more tags for the different types to make for easier browsing, unless this is a stupid idea lol.
Any suggestions on how to better categorize suspension bridges? Right now the sub-categories are: wire/cable, eyebar, and self-anchored.
I'm thinking we probably need a new category for wire suspension bridges, or at least a better way of separating the various types of suspension bridges on the site. As it stands I believe there's only a 'suspension' category.
Holy cow, that low hanging cable is an extreme danger to boaters.