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Island Queen: 1907

Island Queen: 1907

The Coney Island Co. side-wheeler Island Queen passing beneath the Roebling Suspension Bridge on the Ohio River between Covington, Kentucky, and Cincinnati in 1907. View full size. Detroit Publishing Co.

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Below is the same view from August of 2008 looking north across the Ohio River toward Cincinnati from Covington, Kentucky.

Two bridges

Construction on the Roebling bridge was actually begun before work on the Brooklyn bridge. however, due to worries of Confederate advances into the industrial heart of Ohio, work was halted, and the Brooklyn bridge was completed first, making it the world's first completed suspension bridge.

Wow, I lived and grew up

Wow, I lived and grew up just a couple miles from where that picture was taken. Have stood on that exact spot even I think. Very cool, and amazing that the bridge is still going strong. You can't tell from the photo, but the road 'surface' is actually steel grates (like vents in the sidewalk for subways). The wheels of the cars going over them make a noise that has led to the Roebling sometimes being called the 'Singing Bridge'.

Roebling Bridge

How cool, it really is a smaller twin of the Brooklyn Bridge.

If this bridge looks familiar

it's because John Roebling, its designer and builder, is the same man who started building the Brooklyn Bridge in NYC. His son, Washington Roebling, finished it after John died.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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