Wheeling Suspension Bridge

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Over Ohio River from 10th St., Wheeling, to Virginia St., Wheeling Island, Wheeling, West Virginia

Suspension bridge over Ohio River on WV 251 in Wheeling


Oblique View from Wheeling Island

This antebellum bridge was, at one time, the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere and today, may be the oldest suspension bridge, still in use, in the Western Hemisphere.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in October 2007


Street Views 


Oldest vehicular suspension bridge still in operation in the world; span in excess of 1,0000 feet. First bridge built crossing the Ohio River. Originally designed and built by Charles Ellet in 1849, it was often called the father of modern American suspension bridges. In 1969 it was designated an ASCE National Engineering Landmark, and a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1976. The Wheeling Bridge is perhaps the most important extant antebellum civil engineering structure in North America. -- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER WV-2)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 26, 1970
Reference number
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Suspension;Howe truss
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1825-1849
Significant year

Update Log 

  • January 6, 2020: New photo from Michael Miller
  • January 12, 2015: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • August 28, 2014: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
  • July 7, 2010: New photos from J.R. Manning

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