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Identifier: harpersnewyorker00mac
Title: Harpers' New York and Erie rail-road guide book ..
Year: 1855 (1850s)
Authors: Macleod, William, [from old catalog] illus
Subjects: Erie railroad. [from old catalog]
Publisher: New York, Harper & brothers
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: Sloan Foundation

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its dullcovert. But this same section acts as a whet to our keencuriosity for what is beyond; and it is first gratified byour arrival at the famous Cascade Bridge (from New York 188^ miles, fromDunkirk 27\\ miles). This stupendous wooden structureconsists of a single arch, 250 feel in width, thrown over aravine 184 feet indepth. The span ofthe arch has a riseof 50 feet, and webelieve far surpass-es in width any oth-er in the world con-structed of timber.This ravine is verynarrow, and is ap-proached and cross-ed so rapidly that aperson in the carscan form no idea of the bridge itself, though we can seethe gulf, and judge of its depth by a glance at the topsof the pines, descending, row by row, to the rocky, thread-like stream at the bottom of its gloomy jaws. To judgeof the bridge and the gulf properly, it must be exploredleisurely, and a day can easily be consumed in examiningboth from their various points of view. Descending theeast side by a path supplied with a secure balustrade in

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NEW YORK AND ERIE BAIL-ROAD 11:; the shape of stout saplings, we come to the bottom of thegulf, and see this wonderful structure, as it were, suspend-ed in the air above us, so airily, with all its strength,seems its graceful arch to span the chasm. The traincrossing it now looks like a toy-cart, and the laborers atwork on the west side are dwindled to mere atoms. Fol-lowing up the stream, we stand immediately under its arch, and can well see thehuge ribs, joints, and sin-ews that form its powerfulanatomy. This is the hestpoint of view whence tocomprehend the strengthand beauty of the work.Instead of resting uponfrail piers erected by thehand of man, each leg ofthe arch is supported onand in deep shelves hewninto the solid rock, that ris-es wall-like on both sidesof the chasm ; and whilethese eternal foundations stand, so will the bridge. Itsarch is made of eight ribs of white oak, two feet squarein the center, and two feet by four at the abutments.These are interlaced with wood and i

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Date: 2014-07-28 03:18:29

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