M8063 | Union Suspension Bridge, Ottawa River, Bytown

 
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Union Suspension Bridge, Ottawa River, Bytown
Preston Frederick Rubidge
1843, 19th century
Ink and watercolour on paper - Lithography
30.3 x 66.2 cm
Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord
M8063
© McCord Museum
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In 1855, the author William S. Hunter published Ottawa Scenery, in the Vicinity of Ottawa City, in which he describes the Union Suspension Bridge:

"The suspension bridge is a very handsome structure, consisting of a platform attached by wire rods to eight massive wire cables, which, passing over the summits of four large pillars, handsomely constructed of Trenton limestone, are securely fastened into masses of masonry; the remainder of the distance across the river is bridged by arches, from rock to rock."

William S. Hunter, Ottawa Scenery, in the Vicinity of Ottawa City (Ottawa: 1855).