Iron 'Spider' Bridge

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letchworth-bridge_view.JPGLooking north while on the bridge. by DanDangler

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The Iron Portage Bridge, AKA Iron 'Spider' Bridge, is an iron railroad bridge spanning the Upper Falls of Letchworth State Park. It was built by the [wikipedia]Erie_Railroad_Company as a replacement for the original Wooden Portage Bridge destroyed by fire in 1875.

At the time of its construction many were uncertain it would support even a single train because it was built so quickly and inexpensively to replace the burned wooden structure.

That it not only stands—but is still actively used to date—serves as a powerful testament to its strength.

The 820 feet long and 240 feet high bridge is closed to the public. However, the no trespassing signs surrounding the bridge seem to do little to dissuade people from taking advantage of one of the best views in Western New York.

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PortageBridgeTrainA_1024.jpgTrain on the Bridge - Oct 2009, by BradMandell ironspiderbridge.jpgUploaded by RobertPolyn

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2005-12-28 01:09:28   is there photocredit for those? —FarMcKon

2005-12-28 02:14:14   I took the bottom pic. I didn't post the other photo, so not sure- —DanDangler