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Out-Dated Vision

Out-Dated Vision

Gustav Lindenthal, a bridge engineer of great skill and superb aesthetic sensibilities, was the dean of American bridge engineers. Lindenthal imagined a bridge spanning the Hudson River in midtown that would be nothing less than a capstone of the entire transcontinental railroad, with an enormous new Manhattan station at its eastern terminus. He designed it to bear an astonishing load—six lanes of heavy rail traffic, four sets of track for lighter passenger trains, roadways for horse-drawn wagons, promenades for pedestrians. But Lindenthal's proposal, outrageously expensive and ambitious, died one painful death after another from the mid-1880s to the early 1900s.

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Great Projects: The Building of America


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