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Kinzua Bridge today and under construction in 1882
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"Tracks Across The Sky"
a PBS documentary
Still Standing.
The Kinzua Bridge, near Kane, Pennsylvania, was the
highest bridge in the world when it was first built in 1882.

Its remnants today serve as a memorial of a time when
the U.S. was going through the Industrial Revolution.

Rust and a tornado on July 21, 2003 destroyed most of it
and bridge debris litters the forest floor. After the Kinzua
Dam it had been the most popular tourist destination in
the Allegheny National Recreation Area. It still draws
quite a few people, especially in the Fall. Click on the
photo to see what the wilderness looked like to early
settlers in the winter time. See a last photo of the

For hiking info, visit the park's
MORE photos of Kinzua Bridge
Built seven years before the Eiffel Tower ushered in the age of skyscrapers, at 301
feet in height (about 10 stories) it was an architectural wonder inspired by the
founder of Kane, Pennsylvania to which the railroad bridge brought industry and
commerce. The bridge stood for 121 years and was undergoing restoration at the
time of its collapse. Today, no one has figured out how to re-build the bridge
economically, although even in its current state it remains an attraction. The image
at right of its construction is a German lithograph from about 1885 which reads, in
part, "The highest bridge in the world, the Kinzua Viaduct."
It has been on the
National Register of Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks
since 1977.
"Die hoechste Bruecke der
Welt, der Kinzua-Viaduct bei
Alton in Pennsyvanien."
(The highest bridge in the
world, the Kinzua Viaduct

near Alton in Pennsylvania)
Kinzua Bridge after a tornado CLICK on photo to see more
click on photo to see more of Kinzua Bridge
Photo courtesy Paula Kittilson.
Copyright 2006