Sunday, December 27, 2009

Suspension Bridge

MESSES. EDITOR: -- Having had occasion to visit Dresden, a few days ago, I of course sought the Wire Suspension Bridge across the Muskingum at that place; and although I had, with some pride, read several notices of that beautiful structure, I found it superior to what I expected.

The span is 450 feet; road way 17 feet wide; piers 36 feet high, being 30 feet about low water mark. This cable is composed of 225 strans of No. 10 wire, each stran capable of bearing 2000 pounds. The roadway is laid with double flooring, and the bridge is supplied with substantial railing.

This imposing structure cannot fail to increase very largely, the trade and business of Dresden; and I have no doubt the town will, in a short time, be amply repaid for this splendid addition to her business facilities. Long may this, the first bridge of the kind in Ohio, "wave" and may those enterprising citizens who procured its erection, never have cause to regret this progressive step.

A CITIZEN, Zanesville, Feb. 7th, 1853

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