Suspension Bridge


  The full name of this bridge is The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge. Roebling of course is the man who went on to build the Brooklyn Bridge. Roebling , in August of 1856, signed a contract for the project. Work was stopped when winter arrived, and then the panic of 1857 plus the start of the Civil War caused construction to be stopped. In 1863 work was spurred on by the need to erect a pontoon bridge to transport Union troops defending Kentucky. On September 4, 1865, a footbridge was completed so that workers could begin to string the cable.
  On December 1, 1866, the Suspension Bridge Was opened to pedestrians, In the first two days more than 120,000 people paid the three cents toll to cross the bridge. On New Years Day 1867 the bridge was officially opened to vehicles. In 1896 a second set of cables were added along with a wider roadway, streetcar rails, and electric lights, this work effectively doubled its carrying capacity.
   During the flood of 1937 this bridge was the only crossing along 800 miles of the Ohio River. 
   When opened the Suspension Bridge was the longest in the world, today it would rank as being the 100th longest.
   Covington Kentucky's streets were built in a direct line with Cincinnati's streets but one of the restrictions on the Suspension Bridge was that the streets could not be directly linked to each other. This apparently was for legal issues that would arise if slaves were to use the bridge if escaping. The Ohio charter for the Suspension Bridge specifically forbade slaves from crossing the bridge without written or verbal permission from their owners. The bridge company would be held accountable in court to the owners for compensation should their slaves escape using the bridge.
   In 1891 streetcars began using the bridge. This necessitated a major strengthening of the bridge starting in 1895 and ending in 1899.

Not a postcard
Suspension Bridge from Kentucky Side.jpg (135650 bytes)
Rarely Seen 1800s Image




  • Foot passengers, one trip: 3 cents

  • 100 trips on foot, (coupon tickets): 1 1/4 cents each

  • Horse & cart: 10 cents

  • Horse & carriage: 15 cents

  • 2 horses & carriage: 20 cents

  • 4 horses & carriage: 30 cents

  • 6 horses & carriage: 40 cents

  • Horses, mules and cattle: 10 cents each

  • Hogs: 2 cents each

  • Sheep: 1 cent each


CAPACITY                                         CASH                                         25  TICKETS
  Coupe                                                    10 cents                                               $1.88          
Less than 1/2 Ton                                                                                                               
& Passengers Cars                                 15 cents                                                $2.82        
    1/2 to 7/8  Tons                                  20 cents                                                $3.75        
   1  to  1 7/8 Tons                                  25 cents                                                $4.69        
   2  to  2 7/8 Tons                                  30 cents                                                $5.63        
   3  to  4 1/2 Tons                                  50 cents                                                $9.38        
     5  to  9 1/2 Tons                                  75 cents                                                $14.07        

   The toll booths were removed November 25, 1963, ( the same time the Brent Spence opened). It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 15, 1975.


Sit on Bridge.jpg (124360 bytes)


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Suspension Bridge-11.jpg (85551 bytes)    Suspension Bridge-12.jpg (119790 bytes)    Suspension Bridge-16.jpg (114923 bytes)    Suspension Bridge-15.jpg (139524 bytes)    Suspension Bridge-14.jpg (131439 bytes)


Suspension Bridge-21.jpg (99956 bytes)    Suspension Bridge-18.jpg (115692 bytes)    Suspension Bridge-19.jpg (92268 bytes)    Suspension Bridge-20.jpg (93641 bytes)    Suspension Bridge-22.jpg (128141 bytes)


Suspension Bridge-tx.jpg (100576 bytes)    Suspension Bridge-a.jpg (81929 bytes)    Sus Bridge-c1.jpg (106186 bytes)


Suspension Bridge-26.jpg (97040 bytes)    Suspension Bridge-27b.jpg (89121 bytes)    Suspension Bridge-27a.jpg (91004 bytes)
Real photo shows flood stage, retouched does not.


Suspension Bridge-28.jpg (101679 bytes)    Suspension Bridge-34.jpg (130234 bytes)    Suspension Bridge-35.jpg (109612 bytes)    Riverfront from covington 1.jpg (88423 bytes)    Suspension Bridge-36.jpg (108661 bytes)


Suspension Bridge-33.jpg (59759 bytes)    Suspension Bridge-31.jpg (124050 bytes)    Susp Bridge-RPn.jpg (182473 bytes)    Suspension Bridge-37.jpg (74812 bytes)    Riverfront from covington 2.jpg (103500 bytes)


Sus Bridge-c2.jpg (70766 bytes)    Suspension Bridge-tw.jpg (68235 bytes)    Sus Bridge-c3.jpg (122118 bytes)    Suspension Bridge-38.jpg (102723 bytes)    Suspension Bridge-39.jpg (95642 bytes)


Sus Bridge-cov.jpg (109682 bytes)    Suspension Bridge-40.jpg (161387 bytes)    Riverfront from covington 3.jpg (100586 bytes)


Suspension Bridge-tv.jpg (123765 bytes)    Suspension Bridge-vert-1.jpg (92422 bytes)    Suspension Bridge-ty.jpg (120034 bytes)    Suspension-Jumbo.jpg (345237 bytes)
                                                                                                                               7" x  9" Jumbo card


Suspension Bridge-41.jpg (105059 bytes)    Suspension Bridge-42.jpg (98278 bytes)    Suspension Bridge-44.jpg (97227 bytes)        Suspension bridge-top-vert.jpg (122398 bytes)
                                                                                                                                                  View from top


The next two rows show views of the Covington, Kentucky side of the Ohio River.

Suspension Bridge-vert-2.jpg (90621 bytes)     Suspension Bridge-13.jpg (83559 bytes)      Sus Bridge-c4.jpg (108070 bytes)      Covington from Cincinnati-n.jpg (297711 bytes)


Suspension Bridge-32.jpg (111580 bytes)        Suspension looking to Ky.jpg (78484 bytes)


Suspension from Licking.jpg (91882 bytes)                                        Suspennsion Bridge.jpg (120565 bytes)
Very rare postcard view from the Licking River                            Very early private mailing card                




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