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Wheeling Suspension Bridge


1841

Charles Ellet Jr was appointed chief engineer of the Fairmont Bridge

Other events that happened on or around 1841

1847

Charles Ellet Jr. secured contracts for the Wheeling and Niagara Falls suspension bridges

Other events that happened on or around 1847

1849

The Wheeling Suspension Bridge was opened for traffic

Dec 24, 1852

The B&O Railroad completed from Baltimore to Wheeling

Other events that happened on or around December 24, 1852

May 17, 1854

A violent windstorm swept up the Ohio River and damaged the Wheeling Suspension Bridge

1859

A new U.S. Custom House was completed at Wheeling

Other events that happened on or around 1859

Jul 28, 1860

The Wheeling Suspension Bridge reopened after repairs directed by William K. McComas

1956

The timber flooring of the Wheeling Suspension Bridge was replaced with open steel grid

Other events that happened on or around 1956

Jan 26, 1970

The Wheeling Suspension Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Other events that happened on or around January 26, 1970

May 15, 1975

The Wheeling Suspension Bridge was designated a National Historic Landmark

1983

Additional repairs were made to the Wheeling Suspension Bridge

Other events that happened on or around 1983

1999

Additional repairs on the Wheeling Suspension Bridge occurred

Other events that happened on or around 1999

Sep 24, 2019

The Department of Transportation closed the Wheeling Suspension Bridge to vehicles


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