Waco, Texas, is home to many places of significant historical importance. For starters there’s the Dr Pepper Museum. And then there’s. . . well. . . Okay, so there isn’t much. But there is a bridge! Karen discovered it in the guidebook.
The Waco Suspension Bridge, the first bridge across the Brazos River, opened on January 7, 1870. At 475 feet, it was the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world. The steel and cables came from New York’s John A. Roebling, designer of the Brooklyn Bridge. (Construction of the Brooklyn Bridge began four days before the Waco Suspension Bridge opened.)
Some say the Waco bridge was the model or inspiration for the Brooklyn Bridge, but I just don’t see it.
Brooklyn Bridge with fireboat John J. Harvey, photo by Karen