Falls View Suspension Bridge, Niagara, North America, 1877.
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Plate taken from 'Discoveries and Inventions of the 19th Century' (1877) by Robert Routledge. Opened in 1869, this bridge was built by Samuel Keefer to take visitors by foot and carriage to the famous Niagara Falls. It was the first bridge to be built below the Falls, on a site known as 'Falls View', which is within sight of the mighty Horseshoe Falls. It was the largest single span bridge until the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City was completed 14 years later. The bridge collapsed into the river during a storm in 1889.