Technical Tours


John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge

A National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark

The longest suspension bridge in the world—1,057 feet main span—when the first pedestrians crossed the Ohio River here on December 1, 1866.

The first to utilize both vertical suspenders and diagonal stays spanning from either tower.

The cabling totaled 10,360 wires, compressed together and wrapped with an outer covering of wire into two cables of 5,180 wires each. The wire ropes were unwound from a spool on a barge, allowed to sink to the bottom of the river, then raised in unison from the riverbed.

600,000 feet of oak lumber was laid as the floor across 300 wrought iron suspended beams. Diagonal stays were added to increase load capacity, strengthen the floor, and check vibration. Then wrought iron trusses were added.

In 1896, the bridge received a second set of main suspension cables, wider roadway deck, and longer northern approach to meet a new 30-ton weight limit. The bridge is now owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, purchased from the Covington Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Company in 1953 for $4.3 million.

Obstacles were overcome from the start—location, financing, and opposition from the states’ governments and steamboat interests. Construction began in 1856 but was postponed due to harsh winters and the Civil War.

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Home of the Cincinnati Reds

Baseball’s 1st Professional Franchise

Tour the stadium, and Hall of Fame & Museum. You know the names!

Johnny Bench ranks first with 389 career home runs.

Pete Rose is the most prolific hitter in the league, holding the Reds’ most hits at 3,358.

Frank Robinson was Rookie of the Year, MVP, and Gold Glove winner.

Manager Sparky Anderson won 2 World Series championships.

Joe Morgan had 8 consecutive All Star Game appearances.

Dave Concepcion is one of the greatest all-time shortstops.

The ball park opened for the 2003 MLB season, built at a cost of $325M with $290M generated from a .5 cent sales tax approved by voters in 1996. The highest attendance is 44,599 set in October 2010. The Gap, a 35 foot break in the stands, provides views into the stadium from downtown. The scoreboard is the 6th largest in MLB and has HD quality.

It’s owned by Hamilton County and the City of Cincinnati.