Chain Bridge

Chain Bridge (HM1M5)

Location: Washington, DC 20016
Country: United States of America

N 38° 55.768', W 77° 6.998'

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In 1797, the merchants of Georgetown built here the first bridge over the Potomac River in order to compete with the Virginia port of Alexandria. The Falls Bridge allowed trade from the "upper country" of Virginia to move directly to Georgetown over the Georgetown-Leesburg Road. After the first two bridges were destroyed by floods, a chain suspension bridge, considered a marvel of engineering with a span of 128 feet between stone towers, was built in 1808. Although this bridge has been replaced by other forms of construction, the popular name Chain Bridge continues to be used. The present bridge was built following the flood of 1936.
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HM NumberHM1M5
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Placed ByArlington County, Virginia
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 1:37pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 316526 N 4311079
Decimal Degrees38.92946667, -77.11663333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 55.768', W 77° 6.998'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 55' 46.08" N, 77° 6' 59.88" W
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Area Code(s)202, 703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 501-503 Chain Bridge, Washington DC 20016, US
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