Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Simon Kenton Bridge: It's The Size That Matters

Maysville Kentucky's Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge is the 95th largest suspension bridge in the entire world, according to the list of suspension bridges by size at Wikipedia.

OK, so that may not sound that big. It's also true that the 323 feet of the bridge's main span doesn't really measure up to the 1,191 feet of the world's largest suspension bridge (over in Japan). But we did beat out the puny (290 feet) Tjeldsund Bridge in Norway. Norweigan bridges. They're so tiny.

Most importantly - for sheer river rivalry's sake - is that our Simon Kenton Suspension Bridge kicks Cincinnati's John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge's butt, as I'm sure the frontier woodsman Kenton himself would have won out in a fist fight against the architect Roebling. The fist fight's not really important though. What is important is that our bridge beats their bridge by a whopping... alright, so it's just one foot. Cincinnati's bridge is 322 feet long compared to Maysville Kentucky's bridge at 323 feet. But I still say that one foot is a big deal. Yep, imagine if the bridge had a one foot gap missing in the center of it and then tell me the size of the bridge doesn't matter.

posted at 11:16 PM by Jeremy Parnell

4 Comments:

Jeremy said...

Thanks Ken! For those who don't know, the The Works Progress Administration (WPA), was created in May 1935 and was the largest and most comprehensive New Deal agency, employing millions of people and affecting every locality. It built many public buildings and roads, and as well operated a large arts project. Until it was closed down by Congress in 1943, it was the largest employer in the country.

5:14 PM
Ken Downing said...

I always heard that the bridge was built by the WPA. Of course that is not true since it was built in 1931 and the WPA didn't start until 1935

7:31 AM
Ken Downing said...

We was in Maysville over the weekend. While driving across the bridge I remarked to my wife that it seems a whole lot narrower than it was years and years ago.
It is a treasure. The lights at night are great. Who pays the electric bill ?

7:28 AM
Ron said...

Being that the Simon Kenton bridge was built by John A. Roeblings son's company; it kind of makes you wonder if he didn't stick that extra foot in there just to get 1 up on old Dad. :)

7:03 AM