N-0000.193.207.1 | Interior of the carriageway, suspension bridge, Niagara, ON, about 1860

 
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Interior of the carriageway, suspension bridge, Niagara, ON, about 1860
William Notman (1826-1891)
about 1860, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on card - Albumen process
7.3 x 7 cm
Gift of Mr. James Geoffrey Notman
N-0000.193.207.1
© McCord Museum
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Keywords:  Architecture (8646) , bridge (558) , Photograph (77678)
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Keys to History

The Niagara Falls suspension bridge was the first of its type strong enough to bear the weight of a train. It was also equipped with a lane for motor vehicles located under the rail bed.

The bridge was built in 1855 by the American John A. Roebling, who had built his first suspension bridge several years earlier in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania. In 1883, he would also design the Brooklyn Bridge.