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Keeseville Suspension Bridge

Keeseville Suspension Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: April 14, 2011

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway (Clinton Street) Over Ausable River
Location
Keeseville: Clinton County, New York and Essex County, New York: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1888 By Builder/Contractor: Berlin Iron Bridge Company of East Berlin, Connecticut

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
240 Feet (73.15 Meters)
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

View Historical Article About Charles Jarvis, A Chief Engineer of Berlin Iron Bridge Company

View Historic Bridges of the AuSable River Valley National Register Multiple Property Submission

View Keeseville Village Multiple Resource Area National Register Nomination

View Keeseville Historic District National Register Nomination

Constructed in 1888, this bridge is a very old surviving example of its type, a suspension foot bridge, sometimes called a "swinging" bridge due to the lightweight design that means the oscillations of the deck can often be felt to when walking across the bridge.

Berlin Iron Bridge Company was noted for its distinctive patented lenticular truss bridges. The company did build other types of bridges, as this bridge is evidence of, however such deviations are rarely found among today's existing bridges. As such, this bridge is significant in association with Berlin Iron Bridge Company because it helps document the full variety of bridge designs the company built.

Perhaps the most significant aspect of this bridge however is its lack of alteration. Suspension foot bridges generally suffer from a significant loss of historic integrity. Many old suspension foot bridges have had their stiffening truss replaced, as well as their entire cable system. Often, the towers of these bridges are the only thing that is original. It is unclear why bridges that only carry pedestrians are so frequently found to be in a severe state of alteration. However, this bridge in Keeseville is for the most part completely unaltered. Because so many other examples of this bridge type are altered, this bridge gains great significance from its lack of alteration.


This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Footbridge

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