You don’t see many suspension bridges here in flyover country.
This one was built in 1859 in Carlyle, Illinois, on a mail and stage road between Vincennes, Indiana, and St. Louis, Missouri. US 50 follows much of that 1806 road’s path today. I read conflicting reports of whether US 50 ever crossed this bridge, but motor vehicles did travel along it until 1932, when it was closed and a new bridge built nearby. The bridge was built with horses and buggies in mind, and so a few trucks broke through the deck! The bridge sat abandoned for more than 30 years and deteriorated rapidly. This 1936 photo is from Historic American Engineering Record; see more historic photos at the Library of Congress’s Web site.
Fortunately, the bridge was restored in the 1950s and was renamed for Major General William Dean, a Carlyle native who served during the Korean War.
It has been a pedestrian bridge since, and was a popular spot on Memorial Day when a friend and I went out to see it.
The deck is narrower today than it was when it carried regular traffic. I don’t think my little car would fit!
This suspension bridge too puny for you? Check out the one in Wheeling, West Virginia. It’s a real man’s suspension bridge.