We went off exploring today and saw signs that said “Wire Bridge”…so we followed the road signs and found this very historic “Wire Bridge”…yes, it is called The Wire Bridge.
The “Wire Suspension Bridge” in Maine is a unique structure, and reported as the only survivor of four such bridges built in Maine in the 1800’s. It is most likely the only such bridge still standing in the United States.
Records indicate that the building of this bridge began in 1864 and was completed in 1866. David Elder and Captain Charles B. Clark, were responsible for the bridge design and construction.
The two towers are constructed of timber framing and are covered with boards protected by cedar shingles. In 1959, the 99th Maine Legislature enacted legislation for the preservation of this bridge. The bridge was renovated in 1961, when the tower bases were capped with concrete, the towers were rebuilt, steel suspender rods were replaced by steel cables, and a new timber deck was installed. The tower framing timbers and the main support cables are the original material. The span between the two towers is 198 feet.
You never know what you will find when you go exploring in New England!
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The bridge is still used today!