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The Steel Bridge 

Twenty-thousand people attended the opening of the Steel Bridge in October 1891, many crossing and re-crossing the 1,819-foot span the Wheeling Intelligencer hailed as “a specimen of enterprise and progressive spirit.” The city promised Island residents that the new structure, unlike the Suspension Bridge, would not have pedestrian tolls. The promise was not kept—it also cost a penny to cross. Street cars also made use of the bridge, which was demolished in 1962. 
[Text adapted from Wheeling Then & Now by Duffy and Rinkes, Arcadia, 2010]


Location

DEMOLISHED (1891-1962): Spanned the Ohio River from Alley 7 in Downtown Wheeling to Ohio Street on Wheeling Island.


Photographs

Steel Bridge


Newspaper Articles

▶ Steel Bridge Opens, October 24, 1891: (Wheeling Intelligencer, Oct. 26, 1891) 
▶ Steel Bridge Collapses: October 15, 1924 


Additional Resources

▶ Vertical FileSteel Bridge, Wheeling Room, non-circulating, ask for access at the reference desk.
Archives Vertical File: Steel Bridge (photographs), please call 304-232-0244 to make an appointment or ask at reference desk.


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