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Title Article & illustration about proposed North River Bridge. Published: New York Illustrated News, Vol. III, No. 106, Sat., Feb. 1, 1890.
Object Name Article
Catalog Number 2013.005.0076
Collection Hoboken Buildings & Real Estate Collection
Credit Museum Collections. Gift of a Friend of the Museum.
Scope & Content Article and illustration about the proposed North River Bridge. Published in New York Illustrated News, Vol. III, No. 106, Saturday, February 1, 1890. Full issue present; tabloid (10-3/4" x 15-3/8" high), 16 pp. Only cover, page 8 and a detail from pg 15 are imaged (enhanced - blue ink is very light.)

This a very early view of a bridge designed by Gustav Lindenthal that was never built. ("A bridge that never was")

Full page engraving on page 8 of the bridge and the Hoboken anchorage. No artist named. View is northeast.
Captioned:

The Most Mighty Engineering Feat of Bridge Building Known to the World.

Congress Asked to Approve Project for Uniting Hoboken and New York City by Spanning the North River With a Monster Steel Structure.

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Short article on page 15, second column, titled:

The World's Greatest Bridge.

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Full text of the article is in notes. It includes several categories of features and statistics comparing the Brooklyn Bridge to the North River Bridge.
Notes Archives 2013.005.0076
New York Illustrated News, Vol. III, No. 106, Saturday, February 1, 1890.

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article page 15

The World's Greatest Bridge.

(See Illustration on Page 8.)

Nothing seems impossible of achievement in this age of science and progress. The bridging of the East River some years ago was considered the acme of engineering triumph, but now there is a project to far outdo even that amazing feat. It is intended to build a colossal bridge from Hoboken to Fourteenth street, New York, with the longest span of any bridge in the world, and with sufficient width to accommodate six railroad trains. Congress will be asked to sanction the building of the structure, which will be higher than the Brooklyn Bridge and much more ornamental. Here are the dimensions of the two bridges:

Brooklyn Bridge. North River Bridge.

Length, including anchorage, feet. 3,700 6,500

Height of anchorages, feet.............. 85 210

Weight of each anchorage, tons.. 60,000 660,000

Length of each land span, feet... 930 1,500

Length of middle span, feet...... 1,600 2,850

Size of towers at high water mark,
feet............................... 140x59 340x180

Height of towers from high water
mark, feet.......................................... 272 500

Height of towers from deepest
foundation to top, feet.................. 350 690

Width of bridge, feet...... .......... 85 86

Height above high water, feet.... 135 155

Number of cables................................ 4 4

Length of one cable, feet........ 3,580 6,100

Finished diameter of cables, inches 15 1/2 48

Number of railroad tracks................ 2 6 to 10

Grade of bridge, per cent.............. 3 1/4 1 5-10

Allowable speed of trains, miles
an hour................................................ 10 30

Cost from anchorage to anchorage,
exclusive of land damages...... $5,600,000 $16,000,000

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People Lindenthal, Gustav
Date 1890
Year Range from 1890.0
Year Range to 1890.0
Search Terms North River Bridge
Caption pg 8 illustration: (North River Bridge, designer Gustav Lindenthal)
Imagefile 198\20130050076-2.TIF
Classification Bridge
Engineering
Government & Politics
Transportation
Real Estate