Gateway to the WestThe Wheeling Suspension Bridge, designed and erected by Charles Ellet, Jr., was completed in 1849. Known as the "Gateway to the West," the bridge was the first to cross the Ohio River carrying people and products to the West along the National Road. It was the longest suspension bridge in the world, 1010 feet at the time it was constructed. The bridge held that distinction until the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883. Called "the father of American suspension bridges," it is the oldest vehicular suspension bridge in the world that is still being used.
|Placed By||The Friends of Wheeling|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 6:28pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17T E 523428 N 4435549|
|Decimal Degrees||40.06988333, -80.72525000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 4.193', W 80° 43.515'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 4' 11.58" N, 80° 43' 30.90" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||304, 740|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 403 Wheeling Heritage Trail, Wheeling WV 26003, US|
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