"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
intact bridge.

For hiking info, visit the park's
website.
Kinzua Bridge State Park
Photo courtesy Paula Kittilson.
Copyright 2006
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.
UNDER CONSTRUCTION,
1882
"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
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