The Life, Death and RenewalAn Engineering and Historical Marvel. The need to transport coal, oil and lumber across the Kinzua Valley inspired General Thomas Kane, president of the New York, Lake Erie and Western railroad and Coal Company, and Octave Chanute, chief engineer for the Erie Railroad, to design a colossal viaduct. Constructed by 125 men in a mere 24 days, the Kinzua Bridge was the tallest viaduct in the world when completed in 1882. Standing 301 feet tall (24 feet higher that the Brooklyn Bridge), the span was billed as the "Eighth Wonder of the World." From Timber to Tourists: The Many Lives of Kinzua Bridge. Kinzua Bridge was an instant sensation. Not only was it successful in transporting Kane's coal across the valley, but it became a popular tourist attraction. Train excursions crossing the bridge were the next best thing to flying! Around 1900, the original iron bridge was replaced with a steel structure to accommodate the modern heavier trains crossing the valley. Freight trains continued to roar across the span until 1959. In 1987, excursion trains were reintroduced and began running through the Allegheny National Forest and across the bridge, providing the thrill of riding the "Tracks Across the Sky."
|Placed By||Allegheny National Forests, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resouces, Pennsylvania Wilds|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, July 2nd, 2017 at 9:02am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17T E 700667 N 4625812|
|Decimal Degrees||41.75880000, -78.58616667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 41° 45.528', W 78° 35.17'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||41° 45' 31.68" N, 78° 35' 10.2" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near Unnamed Road, Kane PA 16735, US|
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