I took this picture while I was visiting Niagara Falls and I did not realize how important this bridge was for a lot of people and why the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge is also known as Freedom Bridge, so here’s a brief history lesson:
In the time leading to the American Civil War, the Underground Railroad helped slaves in the United States escape across the Suspension Bridge to freedom in Canada. After the war, the bridge became a symbol of inspiration to Americans, encouraging them to rebuild their country and pushing them to quickly industrialize their nation.
The Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge was the world’s first working railway suspension bridge. It spanned 825 feet (251 m) and stood 2.5 miles (4.0 km) downstream of Niagara Falls from 1855 to 1897. Connecting Niagara Falls, Ontario to Niagara Falls, New York (the two cities assimilated the towns at the ends of the bridge by 1892),
Quote of the Day:
“Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.”
~Norman B. Rice