Built in the same manner as the Brooklyn Bridge, but predating it by 20 years, this was once an aquaduct running over the Delaware river and once carried 6 feet of water and barges filled with coal across the Delaware river. It is the oldest existing wire suspension bridge in the United States
Previously serviced by a roper ferry, which was slow and unreliable the Roebling’s Delaware Aqueduct, also known as the Roebling Bridge, was built in 1847 and runs 535 feet from Minisink Ford, New York to Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania over the Delaware River. It brought timber and coal barges across the the Delaware river connecting to canals and making shipment of timber much easier.
It has since been converted into a standard bridge for automotive traffic and pedestrians. Its wooden sides hide the suspension cables which hold it up.
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